Q: Third gear gone.

asked by on

The third gear on my car has disappeared. There is no noise. You can feel it go into gear, but as soon as you let the clutch out, it is just like it is in neutral. All of the other gears work fine.

My guess is that the third gear synchronizer ring teeth are worn or broken. Doing some research indicates this is a fairly common problem with PT Cruisers. The gear teeth could also be broken, or shift fork could be damaged. Regardless, the problem is inside the transmission. Rebuild or replacing the transmission will solve the problem. I suggest having a trained professional, like one from YourMechanic, inspect your PT Cruiser firsthand.

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. Third gear gone.

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: After adding oil, (it burns some), the car lost power and produced EXCESSIVE blue smoke, and only under moderate load.

There is no way for me to know if you have bad piston rings based on your statement. I would recommend that if you already have the head off for repair to the valves then it is now the best...

Q: My car drives forward when it's in reverse - is this the transmission?

The linkage between the shifter and the transmission range selector may be binding or broken and not allowing a full range of movement at the transmission. The linkage connects to the transmission under the vehicle so it must be lifted...

Q: Tire pressure system malfunctioning.

The tire pressure monitoring system may need to be placed in a relearn mode in order to relearn the tire pressure from each of the tires. As the relearn procedure is being completed the car signals as it reads from...

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...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
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.