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Trouble in reverse

I have a 98 Ford Escort. I recently drove across the country with no problem, but today I started to back out of the driveway and the car felt like it wouldn’t go into gear. The car goes forward fine, but reverse seems to be a problem. Any ideas?

The first thing I would do is check the transmission fluid level. The next option if the fluid is full is to remove the transmission pan, drain the fluid and replace the filter. Fill it with new fluid and keep your fingers crossed.

i will give that a shot. thanks!

assumes an automatic, correct?

yes it’s an automatic