Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: My car broke down and won't move.

asked by on

i have an 06 mitsubishi galant. automatic transmission. i was at a stop sign and i tried to accelerate and it made a weird noise then wouldn't go. the car will rev in low 2 3 reverse and drive, but will not go. when i put it into park it makes several loud clinks. i have had no problems until just now. i am highly stressed because this is my first car please help

My car has 116000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there. There are several things that could cause your vehicle to not move, however, with the loud clinking noise the transmission has something that broke in it. Is seems that either a bearing inside the transmission failed and has locked up the transmission or the torque converter has cause the pump shaft to fail. If a pump shaft breaks, it will clink around and not make any pressure to the transmission. With the engine running in in gear, see if the vehicle can be moved easy like you have the transmission in neutral and the engine off. If the transmission does move like this, then the pump has stopped working. If you need further assistance with your vehicle making a noise when in gear and the vehicle not moving, then seek out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you.

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: Replace ECU or torque converter.

You are correct about needing an ECU and possible a new transmission. Your vehicle may be covered by a recall from the manufacturer. The recall is T-CP-2TC. You will need to contact your dealer to see if your VIN is...

Q: Idle fluctuates and then stalls.

Hi There, It sounds like you may have a belt that needs to be tightened as this will cause a screeching noise when a belt is loose and the engine is running at any pace. This can be fixed usually...

Q: Hatchback goes too high up when opened

One way to limit the range of motion in the rear hatch for your Prius would be to use self-tapping screws, and bolt a ratchet strap-type strap of your desired length from the hatch, to the inner paneling of the...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
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...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...