Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Shifting issues, check engine light on

asked by on

I was driving the car the other day and stopped it for a while. After I started it up again, the dash showed the check engine light on. I put it in reverse with no issues. However, when I put it in drive, there were some problems. The engine was revving. I had to shift into first gear and then to drive in order to get the car running. I put a quart of transmission fluid right away. That helped a lot and it shifted and ran fine. The check engine light was still on though. However, the next time I was about to drive the car, it had the same shifting issues. I couldn't go into drive directly. There were also lights indicating that I am in both drive and park simultaneously. How is that possible? What do you think is the issue with my car? I appreciate your help.

A: Hello there, a few different things could p...

Hello there, a few different things could potentially cause this fault. The most common would be a neutral safety switch, transmission shift linkage fault, or a transmission fault. A technician will first inspect the Check Engine Light for exactly what code is present in the computer to help determine which direction to go with diagnosis. The qualified technicians at YourMechanic are always willing and able to help with any issues you may have.

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: How do I check the automatic transmission fluid?

Your automatic transmission fluid should be checked monthly to ensure that it remains at the right level. Checking it is almost as simple as checking your oil level. Here’s what you’ll need to do: Park the car so it’s...

Q: Transmission problem 3rd gear

Hey there. This is something your car will do when going into "safe mode" which can happen when the ECM detects something is wrong with any of the car's systems. This is a safety feature to keep you and the...

Q: smoking!!!!!!!!

If you are getting excessive smoking from the oil that was spilled then you should have the engine cleaned off. The excessive oil should be removed to prevent the possibility of a fire caused by the oil. If you'd like...

Related articles

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...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
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.