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Old 12-24-2012, 05:43 PM
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Originally Posted by CannonCam View Post
it's a 6 speed manual, only has 60k on it. Drove just fine the few test rides I took and on the ride home, no odd noises, no hesitations

Maybe this can help?

If you can physically shift the gear stick into drive but the car still only moves in reverse, this could be a sign that you are running very low on transmission fluid. Quite often, if the fluid level is that low it means that the gear stick is not being lubricated and although the car can be put in to drive, it will still only move backwards.

If the gear stick can't physically be shifted into drive then it probably means that linkage to the transmission is binding up. The only way to really check for the cause of the linkage binding up is to take it apart and check for damage on the gears. Although the problem can be fixed yourself, if you do not feel comfortable and confident doing it, it is important to go to a mechanic as the damage that can be caused by an untrained hand can lead to an even more expensive repair bill.

Sometimes the reason a car only goes in reverse could be that the clutch has burned out. If this is the case, again head to a mechanic.

Here is a DIY Tranny fluid change for the Auto so this should give you an idea if you want to check the fluids (I sure wouldn't know how )

*Could also be clutch which should be cheaper than a total tranny fail.

Last edited by SuperTerp; 12-24-2012 at 05:48 PM.
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