Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Shifting problem?

asked by on

earlier today i was driving then all of the sudden it just wouldnt shift out of first gear. Checked the tranny fluid and it was good..please troubleshoot for me?

thanks.
My car has an automatic transmission.

This is often times a sign of low transmission fluid or a faulty transmission control solenoid. As you know, automatic transmissions use pressurized hydraulic fluid to change gears. Every time a gear change is required, the car’s computer activates a transmission solenoid, which directs transmission fluid into the valve body to engage the correct gear. When this is faulty or not working properly, this can cause a delay in gear shifting or in some cases cause the car to not shift at all. This type of problem is amplified any time the transmission is low on fluid creating a drop in hydraulic pressure. I would recommend having a professional from YourMechanic come to your location to diagnose and inspect your vehicle.

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・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: put bad gas in it started to run rough then wouldn't start. replaced clean tank out, replaced fuel pump and filter, pressure regulator

You may have contaminated and clogged the fuel injectors. You can try and clean the injectors if you can get it started, or you may need to replace the injectors if you cannot get it to start. Make sure the...

Q: What is emission leakage

Hi there: In most cases, you'll want to replace the ignition lock cylinder for your Volkswagen. We'll have one of our service professionals send you a price quote as soon as possible.

Q: Have 91 ford explorer hearing clinking rattle when in gear have looked at flywheel with camera no cracks all bolts tight any idea

Hi Robert. Thanks for contacting us today. If the flywheel is solidly attached, with no cracks and bolts are all torqued correctly, then the noise is likely coming from the transmission, input or output shaft or possibly even the axles....

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...
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...
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.