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2004 pontiac grand am jumps when you shift it into drive. also jumps occasionally when it is shifted to reverse.

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  • justin_p_kre Dec 11, 2009

    Yes when i hold the break to shift into reverse or drive from park the car will jump. if you open the hood you can watch the engine jump. sometimes it will happen when the car shifts from first to second but never after that and never when shifting back into park. hope this helps

  • justin_p_kre Dec 11, 2009

    yes i also have the check engine light on but have got it tested and they said that it si from the aftermarket intake i have on the car

  • Mark Egan May 11, 2010

    If your saying that when you shift into gear, you hear a loud "clunk" and must hold your foot on the brake to keep the car from moving, then chances are, the throttle position sensor has failed. Do you have a Check Engine Light?

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Hard to know what's wrong with aftermarket intakes, but I would still lean toward it being the TPS. What code or codes did it give?

You probably won't pass inspection with this problem and you need to get it corrected.

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Yes so when I hold my foot on the break to shift from park to reverse or drive the car will jump. If you open the hood you can see the engine rock. Sumtimes you will have a similar feeling when the car...


A new and significant jump or jolt upon engaging the trans could mean you have a broken front engine mount. Your car has a transverse mounted engine with a big mount holding it at the front of the car. It this mount goes bad the engine can "twist" under the hood. This sudden twisting or torque reaction can be felt until the engine runs into something solid *(usually whats left of the engine mount).

Don't wait on this one....see a mechanic A.S.A.P. A damaged mount is only going to do more damage as the engine twists back and forth under the hood. Stressing out the other connections to the engine, i.e., electrical, fuel, exhaust. Leading to more damage.

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Remove the shift knob and pull the actuator rod (plastic) out of the shift lever and inspect it for wear or damage. If the rod is not worn or damaged, replace the shift knob and you will be good to go.
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Usually there is a small metal clip at the bottom front of the shift knob (looks like a staple.) Just pull it out and pull the knob straight up.

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