Q: Transmission warning

asked by on

Having issues starting vehicle. Insert key and do not get any lights, car will not turn over.....nothing. After messing with it for 20-30 minutes it will eventually start. This has been happening sporadically over the past 3 months.
Now this issue is every time I attempt to start. Now, some of the dashboard lights flash and there is a clicking sound and this is happening WITHOUT the key. Finally got it to start a few minutes ago and now there is a warning light "TRANSMISSION MALFUNCTION - SERVICE NOW". Can I drive my vehicle ?? Need to drive 30 miles to get home.

My car has 41000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hello. It sounds like you either have a bad connection at the battery or the issue is with the transmission position sensor. If the sensor fails then the computer will not allow the vehicle to start. The car is only allowed to start in park or neutral so if it is not working this will occur. I usually test the battery first and then if there is not a battery issue the transmission position sensor needs to be tested. If you want to have this starting issue looked at, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to your home or office to diagnose why it is having trouble starting.

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 warning

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: How do I know if the motor is getting power? 2012 Ford Fiesta

Hi there - since it sounds like you have a voltmeter and know what you're doing with it, I am trusting that you have checked the fuses for the windshield wipers, and have made sure the switch was in the...

Q: The RPM is racing up and down when in park. Dashboard lights come on one at a time and then the car runs badly

Hi there. I understand your situation and concern. Fist we need the codes that are stored when the Check Engine Light comes on. Any diagnostic scan tool should be able to give us the codes that are set and give...

Q: Should you get an alignment after an engine replacement?

Hi There, If the motor is removed and replaced properly, this should not impact the alignment. That is not to say that is unheard of as sometimes during the course of moving things around steering components may be accidentally moved,...

Related articles

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...
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...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...