Q: shifts very hard from 1st to 2nd gear

asked by on

from a stop my "LTZ" shifts very harsh from 1st to 2nd and then slightly harder than normal up to other gears. I did notice that 2nd gear kicks in @ 3000 rpms at just normal driving getting up to speed in the flow normal of traffic. (not dogging it out)
My car has an automatic transmission.

This is very common when the transmission is due for a fluid change or if it is low on fluid. I would start with this as it is most common and the easiest fix. If this does not solve the issue, you may have a torque converter or clutch problem. I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your home to diagnose and replace your transmission fluid.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. shifts very hard from 1st to 2nd gear

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: What means error fault code p1978

The trouble code you listed is a manufacturer specific code, designated by the P1xxx. I have searched my files and cant find that DTC trouble code. Can you please verify that the code is P1978? However, if you'd like to...

Q: Difficulty shifting out of park. 2005 Lincoln Zephyr

Hi there. This issue can be caused by a misadjusted brake light safety switch, or a misadjusted (or failing) shiftlock interlock switch. Both of these are safety mechanisms which require the brake pedal to be pressed firmly before moving the...

Q: Q: Battery is not charging properly

This may be a sign of a weak battery, a failing voltage regulator or failing alternator. The alternator is responsible for charging the battery while the engine runs by generating amperage and recharging the battery while the engine turns the...

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...
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...