Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Problems with my reverse gear

asked by on

When I engage reverse gear, the 'gear selection' display turns red and then the car doesn't have any pick-up power when I press on the gas pedal. This happens also in Drive until I stop and engage Drive again - then the car moves. It happens in drive, only if I had previously been in reverse. What can you tell me about this type of problem? Thanks.

A: This is most likely an internal issue in th...

This is most likely an internal issue in the transmission. Normally when reverse starts to slip it is attributed to the B clutch. But since you are losing forward gears as well, there may be an issue with the G brake, which is engaged in both drive and reverse.

The transmission either needs to be overhauled or replaced if either the B clutch or G brake is faulty.

Other possibilities could be a faulty valve body, pressure control solenoid, or torque converter. You may need to seek out a transmission shop to get an accurate diagnosis and repair.

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・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Transmission is hard to change over after overheating due to a ruptured radiator hose.

There are 2 unrelated issues going on here. The poor idling may well reflect a blown headgasket from the overheating event you mention. This would show up as rough idling and spark plug firing issues/codes. The harsh shifting can be...

Q: Car stalls after overheating.

Hi there. Your engine can overheat for any number of reasons. If it is overheating only in stop and go driving and not on the highway then you may have a radiator issue or a cooling fan problem. If it...

Q: AC pulley making noise and I don't have good power

Hello. An AC pulley will usually make noise when the bearing has worn out, and the pulley needs to be replaced. If it is already making noise, I would recommend replacing the pulley as soon as possible in order to...

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...
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...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.