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When i shift into drive, it will not accelerate. The car was impounded for a near 4 weeks, and when i took it out i was able to drive it home normally, but the following week that i start up the car, it will not reverse or drive. Any help?

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I would change the transmission filter and fluid first. It could be that your filter is old and stopping the transmission from working properly.

If a transmission fluid and filter change does not solve the problem, then it's time for a transmission rebuild or replacement. This can often happen if the car was driven improperly, such as sudden stops and starts, jamming the clutch into gear (in manuals), down shifting while the car is in another gear or from old age.

Posted on Jul 16, 2010

  • lmno211 Jul 16, 2010

    :\, i mightve down shitfted once or twice(is that enough to mess up the tranny?) :( but it never gave me problems like this.Would you happen to know what specific transmission fluid i need to put in? thank you so much.

  • Amanda C Jul 16, 2010

    As a general rule of thumb, when you go to the auto parts store to get ATF (automatic transmission fluid), you can just read the back of the bottle to see what transmissions it is compatible with. Always go to an auto parts store, or at least an auto parts specific website, so that if you can't find it, they can give you a hand.

    I do believe your Toyota Corolla would take Type T or Type T-III, though I am not super positive because 90 was a weird year.

    You'll probably need between 3 or 4 quarts of ATF, but make sure to look in your owners manual (that came with the car) or look it up on google.

    Usually a couple of down shifts won't kill it of all by itself. It sounds more like it's just worn out. I mean, the car is 20 years old. Time to start replacing the most important parts.

    Transmission start to wear down on their gears and clutch packs and they start to fall apart into the transmission pan and filter. When this happens, the hydraulic fluid (ATF) gets filled up with metal debris and makes it harder for the tranny to function. Not to mention, transmission fluid only really has a 2 year use inside the tranny. The wear starts to show slowly and most people just don't keep track of random things that are far apart and seemingly unrelated. Then the tranny starts to get bad enough to notice and the real fun starts.

    When you change your filter and fluid, check the color of the fluid that comes out. If it is very very dark, almost red-black, then you're looking at a new transmission soon. The same goes for if you find chunks of metal that are large enough to see with the eye (about a pea sized or larger) or a lot of build up of small metal flakes.

    =) Good Luck



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