Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Won't move drive reverse

asked by on

My Sephia has 160 k plus miles on it, and it barely moved in drive or reverse. It also made awful screeching sounds when I pressed on the gas. It doesn’t matter how much or how little I pressed the pedal. My check engine light came on. So I knew there were some problems brewing with my transaxle range sensor and the idle air control valve. There was also some scraping in the front of the car. It felt like it was located in the undercarriage of the car when I moved from a complete stop. Earlier today the scraping happened more frequently. Then all of a sudden it wouldn't go over 25 mph. The scraping started at a red light. Then the car wouldn’t move when the light turned green. I need help please. Do you have any ideas?

A: Hi! The screeching sound you’re talking abo...

Hi! The screeching sound you’re talking about sounds like a worn drive belt and the scraping sound will likely be related to the brakes of the vehicle. I suggest that you have a technician overlook the vehicle and specifically inspect the braking system and the drive belt condition. If it won’t move in drive or reverse then it is possible that there is a transmission issue present such as low transmission fluid.

Being that the vehicle cannot be driven at the time, you may benefit from a mobile mechanic company, such as YourMechanic, which will come to you to inspect the issue with your braking system and gears.

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

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

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: Why does my car make a loud noise when I turn my front wheels?

Hi, thanks for your question. I'd be happy to provide my insight. This is a common sound when the struts are worn out or when there is separation between the strut nut and the strut mount. I would also suggest...

Q: car hesitates on initial acceleration. White smoke and rpms shoot up during drive

If you see white smoke and your coolant level is getting low, or the vehicle is overheating, then you may have a blown head gasket or a cracked head. If you're not familiar with this type of repair I would...

Q: Reduced engine power warning on, disabled throttle

There is a common issue among vehicles of this year model with the throttle position sensors on the throttle bodies. The reduced engine power warning may have also illuminated the Check Engine Light and stored a faults code. I suggest...

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 P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...