Q: my 2005 cadillac escalade wont shift out of first gear what can be the problem

asked by on May 26, 2017

it do not shift out of first gear an it shift just fine earlier today just need to know what to do and what can be the problem

My car has 268000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there. Thanks for your email to YourMechanic.com’s Ask a Mechanic. In most cases, when a transmission will not shift out of first gear, it is due to one of two things. First, and most common; is due to dirty transmission fluid or an obstruction inside of hydraulic lines inside the transmission caused by filter material or other debris inside the transmission. In other instances, a shift solenoid on the transmission is faulty. The best way to resolve this issue is to have a professional mobile mechanic complete transmission fluid service or have them complete a transmission is hard to shift inspection to isolate the source of this issue and recommend the right repairs.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

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

My shifter is locked in park as a safety feature because my turn signals won't work.

The system requires the brake lights to turn on to unlock the shifter. If you check the brake lights and the lights do not come on then check the brake light fuse to see if it is good. If the...

Shop told me something went wrong with my timing chain, pistons are firing too low. recommend engine replacement

Whether or not this was the shops fault would depend on how long the starter was in the vehicle before this issue started happening. I would recommend taking your vehicle to another shop and having a second opinion performed. This...

My Tire pressure light came on this morning, then my check engine light came on after. Now my tires stall on a hill. Any advice?

Check your tire pressure as low tire pressure will cause the warning light to illuminate. Using a tire pressure gauge, if you do find low pressure in one or more tires, add air but you should also consider the possibility...

Related articles

A Buyer's Guide to the 2012 Cadillac Escalade
When When you’ve said “Cadillac Escalade”, you’ve pretty much said it all. The Escalade has been synonymous with luxury since it first hit the scene in 1999. With the 2012 edition, Cadillac proved nothing has changed. If you want to...
A Buyer’s Guide to the 2011 Cadillac DTS
The The 2011 Cadillac DTS is a full-size sedan that offers the comfort and luxury you expect from this automaker. It manages to combine a comfortable ride with tremendous amounts of cargo capacity in the trunk, although it isn’t without...
A Buyer's Guide to the 2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid
Even Even with hybrids being all the rage these days, you might find it hard to imagine a full-size SUV embracing this new tech. However, the 2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid should be all that it takes to show you what’s...