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  • Satyr
    Satyr - 1995 Pontiac Sunfire - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 5 hours ago
    Gear shift will not lock into any position and dash says car is in REVERSE position.
    I started my car and then put into reverse gear to back up. Then I tried to put into Drive but the gear shift will not LOCK into drive or any other position. I parked car and put the emergency break on. I put the gear shift in the park position but of course it ...
    • jdl
      5 hours ago jdl
      Check the transaxle under the hood, is the shift cable still hooked-up? You may be able to shift transaxle lever by hand to get it in park. There are safety issues with that, safety is your responsibility. Have a helper in the car with foot on the brake till you decide you got it in park. Go from there. Possible something wrong with shifter in center console?
  • Satyr
    Satyr - 1995 Pontiac Sunfire - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 8/31/2014
    Gear shift will NOT lock into place for any position. Dash says car is in Reverse position
    I started up the car and then put the car in reverse. After that act I attempted to put car into drive but the gear shift but does not lock into Drive or any other position. I can move the gear shift but Gear shift will not lock into place for any position. The dash ...
    0 answer
  • Chris
    Chris - 1992 Pontiac Sunbird - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 8/14/2014
    Drive train linkage do it yourself repair options
    how do you repair broken linkage? Unable to shift gears, without jiggling linkage
    • Jimm
      8/14/2014 Jimm
      This problem is related to loose or worn shifter cable. Replace the shift cable as an assembly - cost is around $51.00 from most on-line parts vendors.

      The parts are readily available from these many on-line sources,,,,, - to list only a few possibilities.
      In fact, they (RockAuto) list the shifter cable assembly from around $52.00 for your vehicle.

      Check the 'How-to-Guides'feature on the AutoMD website for the specific steps to replace the cable assembly.
  • Chris
    Chris - 1992 Pontiac Sunbird - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 8/14/2014
    Difficulty shifting gears, linkage is slipping
    Linkage is loose and appears to be missing pin, how to repair it yourself
    • Chris
      8/14/2014 Chris
      My husband found that you can use a 1/4 in. wide stainless steel bolt and put it where the linkage is hooked to the transmission at the end of the rod.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1989 Pontiac Firebird - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 8/13/2014
    I have 700r4 auto tranny that wont upshift
    has first, reverse,nuetral and park but when taking off,it wont upshift out of first gear
    0 answer
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2002 Pontiac Sunfire - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 8/5/2014
    How do i chck transfluid
    • joelburke
      8/5/2014 joelburke
      you have to jack the vehichle up and level to get to the transmission.thier is a drain plug,pour in atf till it runs out the plug then its full.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2002 Pontiac Sunfire - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 8/5/2014
    How do i chck transfluid
    0 answer
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2005 Pontiac Sunfire - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 8/1/2014
    I need to find out if my clutch is gone or there is another issure.
    I was at a stop sign and with my foot on the clutch. My clutch would nof spring back up. When I released it my car died, when I restarted it I noticed it would drive if my clutch was pushed in more. It was almost like an automatic car. If i let up off the clutch it ...
    • Chevy doctor
      8/1/2014 Chevy doctor
      Sounds like there is a hydraulic issue with your slave cylinder. First make sure your clutch reservoir is full. Not sure mileage on your vehicle but your clutch disc could be wore, however usually you get no grab in the clutch when letting out pedal.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1999 Pontiac Grand Am - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 7/19/2014
    Why is my car only going 10 to 15 mph and shaking?
    At first it wouldn't start at all. Then it starts and idles very low & motor is jumping & shaking & I changed the spark plugs now it is a Lil better but the motor still skaking and it will only drive up to 15 mph. The rpm will not go over 3 when you rev it. Can ...
    • Jimm
      7/19/2014 Jimm
      First step - have the stored fault codes or check engine light scanned - for free - at any local auto parts store; Advance Auto, Auto Zone, NAPA. Then, post a reply as 'add answer' with the specific code for more assistance. There may be a fault code stored in the OBD memory which may not be displayed as a check engine light.

      Possible Causes of Engine Hesitation or Stumble:

      Dirty fuel injectors (cleaning the injectors often fixes this)
      Dirty air filter (change filter)
      Dirty / clogged fuel filter (change filter)
      Bad MAP (manifold absolute pressure) sensor
      Bad TPS (throttle position) sensor
      Bad or dirty MAF (mass airflow) sensor
      Low fuel pressure (leaky fuel pressure regulator or weak fuel pump)
      Vacuum leaks (intake manifold, vacuum hoses, throttle body, EGR valve)
      Bad gasoline (fuel contaminated with water or too much alcohol)

      Sometimes, what feels like a hesitation is actually ignition misfire rather than lean misfire. The causes of ignition misfire may include:

      Dirty or worn spark plugs
      Bad plug wires
      Weak ignition coil
      Wet plug wires
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 7/6/2014
    Transmission will not start moving from a stop in the drive or 3rd gear position.
    once moving thru 1st and 2nd all gears work until stop
    0 answer
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2001 Pontiac Aztek - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 7/5/2014
    After braking hard the car will not drive when in the drive position ( acts like it is in neutral )
    aztek will drive when you start out in1st and work up through the gears manually
    0 answer
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2003 Pontiac Bonneville - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 5/31/2014
    Car keeps peeling off after stopping at a red light or stop sign
    runs like it is stuck in first gear
    • Jimm
      5/31/2014 Jimm
      Need more information - does the engine idle at normal speeds / RPMs in park or neutral gears? Does the transmission shift OK once leaving the idle speed condition after the stop condition?
    • AutoMD Member
      5/31/2014 AutoMD Member
      yes everything is normal but when i take off thats when the problem starts the rpms will go up for a few seconds but goes back down sometimes it seems to running out of gear not shiting
    • Jimm
      5/31/2014 Jimm
      OK - check these items as first steps; transmission fluid level (refill as required), check under the hood for any engine vacuum leaks (hoses dry or cracked - replace as required) especially in the area of the air intake before and aft of the air filter.

      So, by your description - it seems the transmission does not upshift when accelerating like normal away from a stop - is this correct? The transmission remains in the lower gear, but does not shift automatically to the higher gears when the vehicle speed dictates - is this correct? Does the transmission shift manually - that is - are you able to manually shift from first, to second, to third, etc. using the shifter selection?
      5/31/2014 AutoMD Member
      yes is does not always shaft automatically it takes awhile if at all fluid levels are normal
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1997 Pontiac Sunfire - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 5/11/2014
    Do I need to replace my CV Joints/Axles?
    I was coming home from work on the highway doing about 60-65 mph, I slowed down and turned off to get on my street, everything seemed normal until I got to 35 mph when suddenly my car pulled to the right very hard, I pulled into a gas station to check on my front ...
    • Jimm
      5/11/2014 Jimm
      Most likely - the sound is related to the CV joints / halfshaft assemblies being worn. How many miles on the vehicle / CV halfshafts?

      The new / remanufactured CV axle halfshaft assemblies cost around $32.00 (left or right sides) each from these on-line auto parts sources;,,,, - to list only a few possibilities.

      Be sure to replace both the front CV halfshaft assemblies at the same time - due to mileage / age / wear considerations.
      5/11/2014 AutoMD Member
      Its got 260k and some change, other than what I've replaced on the car I'm almost positive everything on it is original. My dad and I figured that it might be that but we wanted the opinion of others before we start ordering parts and whatnot. I appreciate your answer though and hopefully that's what the problem is.
  • tommt
    tommt - 1991 Pontiac Firebird - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 5/2/2014
    Does the trans. Have vacuum to shift gears on a 1993 Lincoln Towncar
    Rainy days shifting is lurching
    0 answer
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2007 Pontiac Vibe - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 4/8/2014
    Loose plate undercarriage, what is it?
    I was hearing a rattling, vibration type of noise coming from the rear of the car, like something was loose in the trunk rattling around. I located the noise it appears to be a loose plate underneath the car toward the rear, it can move it around but not get it ...
    • HouseCallAuto
      4/8/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Sounds like a heat shield came loose. Can't imagine any shop billing for more than one hour of labor fpor fixing it. Typical hourlt labor rate depending on geographic location will range from $60 to $110 per hour.
      4/8/2014 AutoMD Member
      Don't know if my first thank-you got sent, so here it is again-
      Thank-you for taking the time to answer my question!
      At least I can start a conversation and pretend I know what's under the car!
      Thanks again-