Q: My car starts, I can reverse but as soon as I put it in drive it shuts off

asked by on

My car starts fine, it will go backwards in reverse, stay started in N but will shut straight off In drive

My car has 196000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hello. You may have a sticking torque converter lockup clutch, or sticky solenoid for this hydraulic actuator. This would account for the "idles in Reverse, but not in Drive". A locked up converter doesn’t allow the engine to idle without the car moving forward. A dirty or malfunctioning idle air control valve would also cause poor idling or stalling, but in any gear. If you would like some help having this condition resolved, a certified technician from YourMechanic can come to your location to diagnose this stalling problem for you.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 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!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. My car starts, I can reverse but as soon as I put it in drive it shuts off

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: Rough idling - 1990 Chevrolet G30

This could be an issue with a blown head gasket. This would require a professional mechanic to check engine compression as well. This can occur without causing oil/coolant mixing. If you are still having trouble, a certified technician from YourMechanic...

Q: Vehicle stalling

The most common cause of a vehicle stall would be a vacuum leak or an AC pressure switch. As for the overheating problem, this may or not be related to the stalling issue. If it is related, I would also...

Q: Car won't start or crank ASD relay making rapid clicking noise when key out of ignition 1999 Dodge Intrepid

Hi there - you have pretty-well identified this problem yourself - well done! Yes, the Automatic Shutdown Relay appears to be sticking in the "power on" position, which is providing a power path to the fuel pump as well as...

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...
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...
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.