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Gears won't engage

The car cranks and and I can switch down into the gears with the shift and the linkage works, but the gears won't engage. No forward or reverse, nothing.

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I am assuming that it is auto. trans??Check trans. fluid level and look under car to make sure linkage is connected and moving. Also when did it stop working ? all of a sudden or after sitting for long time? or over time?But quick guess, If all is good most likely torque converter went out. Then tranny issue, sorry no easy fix!!!

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