Won't shift into drive


#1

I had my car towed to the shop today because when I put the gear in drive, the engine would gun like it was in neutral. It would go in reverse, but not in drive. I asked them to check the transmission fluid and it wasn’t low. Any ideas what it could be and how much it might cost?


#2

I don’t have an answer to your question, but I suspect it would be helpful to others if you supplied your make, model, year, and any maintenance history that might be relevant. Good luck.


#3

2001 Honda Civic. Never had any problems before.


#4

Not to be a downer, but when my Olds did that, my forward clutches were shot and needed a trans overhaul. Had to back out of the parking ramp to a surface lot where it could be towed. I never had any warning either but it was about 10 below out. I suppose there are some simpler things but with the history of those transmissions, I’d get prepared.


#5

This is never good. You could get lucky on something simple, but Honda had lots of bad troubles with transmissions in the '00-range of years.

Figure $2500-4000

Don’t leave the car with a general purpose shop. You need a shop that specializes in transmissions - a locally owned shop rather than any kind of national chain.


#6

Will it move at all in L1 or L2?? The trans needs to be rebuilt but I was just curious.

transman


#7

Doesn’t sound good :frowning: It doesn’t go forward in any gear.