Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Jetta not shifting when cold

asked by on

My Jetta is not shifting from first to second gear when it is cold.

A: If your vehicle is not shifting from 1st to...

If your vehicle is not shifting from 1st to second that may be indicative of a few different problems. I would suggest having the vehicle’s shifting issue inspected by a knowledgable technician, such as one from YourMechanic, as the nature of these types of problems can vary greatly. I would first check to see if any trouble codes are present that could perhaps give us a clue to the solution. This transmission has an electronic solenoid that shifts it from first to second, and it will not shift properly if this solenoid has failed. If the solenoid checks out, I would move on to the transmission itself. Sometimes shifting problems are due to contaminated or dirty fluid, so a fluid change may be required. This particular vehicle, however, uses a sealed transmission that requires a total flush and fill, using the correct fluid. If both of these check out, I would suspect the transmission itself may have a mechanical or internal pressure sealing problem, and may need to be overhauled.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: My car goes through tires.

This is a common concern on vehicle with worn or broken trailing arm bushings or trailing arms of the rear suspension but is not limited to these components. The area must be looked over by a professional and the vehicle...

Q: I'm having a problem with my car shifting hard in first and second gear it does this after about 20 mins of driving it

Hello. From what you describe it would appear that your issue may be occurring after your vehicle warms up. The first thing I would do is check your vehicle's transmission fluid to see if it may perhaps be low or...

Q: I have a 2003 Volkswagen Passat. It makes a hard knocking noise when I break. What could it be?

Your friend could be right. If you hear a single knock each time you hit the brake pedal, that could be rear control arm bushings shifting. It could also be motor mounts. If you are hearing a knocking that repeats...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.