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Transmission will not engage gears but does turn

The car was running just fine earlier, but now the transmission will not allow the gears to engage. I press down on the clutch pedal and move the stick to the different gear positions but the car does not seem to engage.

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  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    Car is an automatic transmission. It worked fine until this morning when I was trying to leave for work. I can move the shifter but the gears won't engage. It also makes a machine gun like sound when it is in park. Any ideas what it could be?

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    transmission not working?

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I take it's a manual transmission, and if that's the case, if the engine is running, and you difficulty changing gears, either the mechanical synchronizer of the transmission or master or slave cylinder is malfunctioning. This is further discussed in this handy diagnostic artice:
http://yourhandymanzone.com/Your_Handyman_Zone_How_To_Pages_Vehicle_Car_Zone_Cars_Trucks_Vans_Transmission_System_Shifting_In_Manual_Transmission_No_Poss_Engine_Runs.htm

Here's another article discussing the car being stuck in one gear, which may give some complementary background information for you, specifying four probable causes of it:
http://yourhandymanzone.com/Your_Handyman_Zone_How_To_Pages_Vehicle_Car_Zone_Cars_Trucks_Vans_Transmission_System_Stuck_In_One_Gear.htm

This should help.

Good luck!
Brad

Posted on Jun 28, 2009

  • bRAD fROKE
    bRAD fROKE Nov 18, 2013

    it changes gears just fine there just isnt any power to the wheels

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