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The car won't go into reverse

I had the brakes fixed, when i picked up the car it won't go into reverse. there was nothing wrong with the transmission before. could it be a sensor and how do i fix it

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You can check to see if the rear e-brakes were over adjusted. Other then that it was a coincidence.Check and report the trani fluid color and level.

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It may be a sticky valve or just a bit of adjustment (workshop job..) that is required.

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Start the car ... move the lever through all the positions several times (foot on brake..). Keep your foot on the brake and then put it in reverse and rev the car. Hard!

Try doing it several times.

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Transmission question

You are right on the first one.
Never ever shift into reverse while moving at all.
The reason is all the planetary gears are spiral cut, so while it is not bad to go from one forward gear to another, reverse forces the whole gear system to slam agains the opposite side of the housing, from where is normally pushes. If they did not use spiral cut gears, this would be an issue. But they use spiral cut because it gives more surface area and strength.
This is called a "reverse drop", and doing is only a few times can pound a transmission to junk.

But you are wrong on the second I think.
While you feel the thunk of the hydraulic clutches and bands engaging, that thunk is still there if you have the brake on as well, you just don't feel it. The brakes are not going to reduce the cluck on the CV joints or anything, so it really does not help, I believe. But perhaps someone can tell me a reason I did not think of.

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