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Eingine revving but car not moving, automatic transmission failing

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  • Tom Aug 22, 2008

    I have the same problem but I want to change the transmission fluid, put new in. Perhaps this will help.

  • jeffry_jacks Sep 02, 2008

    i have a 2002 2.0 motor i just replaced from vapor lock. i swapped the engine. runs great but car will not go into gear. car is off, put it in drive, and car will move by pushing it.


    has tranny fluid.

  • WestMama Dec 08, 2008

    I have a 96 mazda protege. I drove my car for less than a month and now my car will rev up but won't go into gear.....HELP please this is my only mode of transportation and I have two kids both real young. please help this single mom

  • Anonymous Dec 13, 2008

    Just bought a used 2000 Mazda 626. Drove it for 1 week (46 miles) and then one morning it will just not move. Engine running fine but when I put it in gear nothing happenes( not even jerky motions) nothing. tried everything. All fluid level's are ok. can't afford a new transsmission.need help.Please tell me if you or anyone has some solution for it.

  • holycrayolas Jan 16, 2009

    same thing. cars on, in gear, and wont move



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Its a 92 mx3 w about 300 000 on it the fluid level is fine and when it engages it will drive fine also reverse works well

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What is you fluid level? When was transmission last serviced? What year modle and milage?

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  • grey gibson Jan 19, 2013

    it is a 92 mx3 with 300 000 and dont know when trans was serviced just got it, you think it may need a filter or solenoid?

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    mitshibushi carisma elegance and has done 70k



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