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Transmission is not working

Both front wheels are off the ground and when started and idling I press the brake then put the car in drive. I let off the brake and the right axle turns. The drivers side axle also turns but within a few seconds it stops. When I lightly press the brake then the drivers side axle starts to turn but when I press the gas to rev the engine the drivers side axle stops turning and shakes a little. It is not making any noise. This is an automatic transmission so not sure what is the problem.

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  • perryo5252 Jul 20, 2009

    When I have both wheels on the ground and put the car in drive it will sometimes not move forward. When I put the car in reverse it will back up just fine. If I then shut the car off and then start it and put the car in drive it will engage and move forward but within 50 yards starts to feel like its slipping and begins to stop moving forward and slows even though its in drive and the engine is reved.I don't hear any noises that I think I would hear if the gears are not working correctly.

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This is normal, with both wheels off the ground the wheel with the least resistance will spin. Appling the brakes can change this.

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