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Q: when stepping on gas the auto doesn't want to move but it seems the wheels are spinning

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when stepping on gas the auto doesn't want to move but it seems the wheels are spinning

My car has 5000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there. If the wheels are spinning but the vehicle is not moving then the tires are more than likely work out. If it feels like the wheels are spinning, but they actually are not, then the transmission is failing. This car is notorious for having transmission failures. It can also be a broken cv axle but that is not as common. You really should have a transmission specialist take a look at your car.

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