So I’m kind of panicking here because I’m a single mom with two kids and this is the only way everyone (including myself) gets to school.
The car was working fine going into town, but then again I live in a mountain community and the ride into town was mostly downhill. It was acting strange when I put it in reverse, it didn’t start to back up on its own, but I figured maybe there were some rocks under the tires preventing it from going.
The problem hit when I was on my way home going up the grade. The car wouldn’t go over 40mph, no matter what I did. This has never been a problem before. The engine has to work hard (4000 RPM out of 6), but I can keep it at the speed limit (65). So I figured maybe the seat was further back than usual (boyfriend has some long legs) and I just wasn’t reaching the gas pedal. I got to the top of the hill and decided to kick it into speed. Once again, engine jumps into high RPM, then made a grinding noise and got slower. Insert panic.
I did a little poking around and most things suggest checking the fluids. It’s always had the fluids changed regularly and been serviced properly, it’s one of the reasons I bought it. Admittedly my oil change date is a few months past, I’ll be doing that asap. I checked the transmission fluid: still pink, but low.
Anything else I should be checking for, please tell me. I’m afraid to take it to a shop without arming myself with more information because I don’t want to get taken advantage of.
Thanks for your help everyone!