Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: My car changes gears while driving

asked by on

When I start my car in the morning and put it into Drive or Reverse, it does nothing and then will go into gear. It changes gears while driving.

It sounds like the transmission has delayed engagement. After the engine is started, how long do you wait until you put it in gear? As cars get older and racks up more miles, it never hurts to let the car idle for a minute before you move. This being said, after being put it in gear it shouldn’t take longer than 2 seconds to engage. It shouldn’t bang into gear, and you shouldn’t have to apply the accelerator for it to engage. Check the fluid level of the transmission. Low fluid can cause this. Do not add any if the level is ok. Resetting the adaptive values can cure this sometimes. This can be done on KIA’s by disconnecting the battery overnight. It could be more serious though and be an indication that something is malfunctioning. This can be a dangerous issue if left un-repaired. I recommend having a mechanic inspect your gear shifting problem to ensure your safety on the road.

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

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: 2015 Fusion goes to high RPMs when shifting

Well, it's only a year and a half old so I'd be concerned about it. If you said you've just got it and you have a warranty, I would definitely take it back to where you got it and tell...

Q: car studders when it revs high

If the engine is revving high, but not picking up speed especially in higher gears this is an indication of a transmission issue. The hard starting would not be attributed to the transmission, so another issue could be present, for...

Q: Power steering fluid leak

There are many seals and hoses that can develop leaks over time in the power steering system. I would ask for help from one of the mechanics at YourMechanic. They can come to your location and diagnose exactly what is...

Related articles

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...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...