Q: Transmission switches gears but doesn't engage in any gear. 1996 Geo Metro

asked by on

I start my car in park. When I go to change gear to any gear (r,n,d,3,2) it makes a slightly weird noise(not very noticable) from the transmission. And does not kick into action. But the car still moves. Just revs too ridiculously high, and barely goes anywhere. Differential gear maybe?I have both axles off, and the teeth to both axles are grade a. Along with the teeth inside the transmission. Whats the deal?

My car has 165000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there - first thing to check is the fluid level in the transmission. If the fluid is low (if the axles are out, is the fluid very low also?!), the transmission will not engage gears correctly. Check for problem codes, even if the Check Engine light is not lit, this being the first year for OBD II diagnostics - anything here is helpful. If these steps do not yield any guidance, I recommend a transmission inspection by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who will come to your location, diagnose this problem, give you an accurate assessment of damage and cost estimate for repairs.

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. Transmission switches gears but doesn't engage in any gear. 1996 Geo Metro

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: My car takes a while to get to 35moh but once it reaches that it's fine what is wrong with my car

Hi Harlie. Thanks for contacting us today. In some cases, an acceleration problem accompanied by a knocking sound might be caused by low engine oil levels, loose cylinder head lifters or perhaps an engine misfire. This might also be the...

Q: Q: Truck running rough

Hello. If this only occurs when the engine is cold then you may have a sensor reading incorrectly or you may have a vacuum leak. Most of the time if the Check Engine Light is on I start by scanning...

Q: the car will not go past 30 mph without missing.

Hi there. Sounds like the engine has either a major vacuum leak or a burned valve. Check all the vacuum lines and ports for any signs of leaks. Check the brake booster and see if it has a leaking check...

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...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
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...