Monday, June 6, 2011

Automatic car won't switch gears? serious need of help?

also my dad checked the trans fluid and said it wasnt low.



* 11 minutes ago

* - 4 days left to answer.



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Ok here is exactly what it is doing.

It doesn't do it all the time, but more lately. Sometimes I'll drive it and there won't be a problem, sometimes there is, it gets worse if i drive farther.

ok so here whats happening



Ill be driving and (my car is auto) it will sometimes act like its not wanting to change gears. The rpm meter shoots up but never in the red section. Then I either have to press the gas or stop for it to stop. When it switches gears when this happens, it does a little jerk.



Someone told me it could be that my transmission is about to die, IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE THAT COULD BE CAUSING THIS, OR SOMETHING THAT WONT MEAN MY TRANS COMPLETELY GOES OUT.?



and about how long does it take for them to go completely out?



11 minutes ago

If it helps any, it usually has this problem going between 30- 55. Like it will be fine until I have to slow down because of the car in front of me or speed up.



9 minutes ago

when it doesn't change, it roars almost like its in neutral,Automatic car won't switch gears? serious need of help?
Sounds like the trans is slipping. If fluid is at correct level, get ready for a rebuild or replacement transmission. Sorry.Automatic car won't switch gears? serious need of help?
you never said what kind of car this is, some cars if not most are controlled either computer with a shift solenoid on the transmission or a TPS sensor thats on the throtle body. either one could go out or about to go out, trying to guess how much time is left is futile.
If it is a Chrysler product, you can bet on a transmission. From what it sounds like, the transmission is going. What color is the fluid? It should be pink, or red at the worst.
Despite you have not mentioned year/model of you car, mainly 95 and up transmissions are build with a pulse generator sensor and solenoid switch. If you have check engine light on, get the codes out and see what are they related to. Usually Auto Zone will pull the codes out for free. If there are no codes, is either the torque converter locking in or clutch slippage (YES, you have clutch system in the automatic transmissions as well).

As conclusion:



1. Happy scenario-one of the sensors gone wild;

2. Worse case scenario-get ready to invest (if its worth it) in a REMAN transmission (rebuild) or used one from Auto Wreckers.



Good luck





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Saturn are notorios for transmission failure. This symptom is typical in Saturn. The clutches between 2nd to 3rd are almost gone. It causes slippage before engaging. That is the explanation of not changing gears. Yes, I know its automatic transmission but, they still have clutches in the system. Sory for bad news.
your only hope is to drop the tranny pan and change the tranny filter and put pan back on and when refilling put in a bottle of lucas transmission fix and hope it works, if it doesn't it sounds like you will need a new tranny.

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