Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Reverse gear went out

asked by on

The reverse gear in the car went out, but I was able to get it home and have not driven it since. I do warm it up every so often and try to shift it. Sometimes the reverse gear will work and sometimes the drive gear does not work.

The first step is to check the fluid level and condition. If the transmission is full, and the fluid is not brown or black, we can proceed. The next step would be to try and eliminate an electrical issue that is causing this. The reverse gear has very little electrical involvement, and has the highest line pressure when working correctly. Next the computer will need to be checked for codes. After you check for codes, the valve body can be removed to check for problems. However, given the age, if you have high miles, or if the fluid is dark, the transmission most likely needs to be rebuilt.

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: added too much trans fluid now it won't shift out of 1st gear

Overfilling the transmission was not the cause of the transmission problem but the leaking fluid. Running the transmission low caused the transmission to be damaged internally. You may need to have the transmission leak identified first and then it would...

Q: Fuel Pressure

Hi There, It sounds like you may have a problem with maintaining fuel pressure and getting the proper amount of fuel to the fuel injectors. As you know, when you turn the key to on, the fuel pump is activated...

Q: Sway bar link noise. Should I be able to hand move the sway bar link?

The sway bar drop down link should be tight against the steering knuckle and the sway bar. If the sway bar link can be moved around then the plastic bushings in the joints are broken and the sway bar drop...

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...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
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...