What could possibly cause a jerking motion in a car when it shifts gears?

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Could be the gears slipping. Might need new gearbox.

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What causes my vehicle to jerk while shifting gears?

your transmission wears after time, try getting a fluid change, use fluid made for older cars this should help slow down wear and make the jerk much less noticeable

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Why does my car jerk when I shift gears automatic?

Automatic transmissions that shift hard, jerk or shake during a shift change may mean your transmission fluid needs changed or fluid level is low.In manual transmission vehicles, abnormal gear shifts could indicate damaged gear synchros, worn clutches or other, more severe issues.

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What causes a 1995 Ford Windstar to jerk into gear when it accelerates after stopping?

Transmission fluid is low, dirty filter, leaking seals, sticking accumulator, etc.

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When your 1992 Town Car shifts gears it sometimes vibrates. What could the problem be?

You need to change fluid from both the pan & torque converter {has plug} ---also add a "limited slip differential treatment" {aprx. 4 oz.} Vibration will quit usually before 25 miles. Change the transmission fluid to Mercon V or ATF-3 (Chrysler qualified). The vibration is caused by torque co...

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When putting car in gear it's hard shift?

Firstly, like any other car, confirm that the idle speed is reasonable. Then, check engine and transmission mounts as you would on any car. Then, this being a taurus, check the cradle (subframe) mounts. The cradle mounts on these cars tend to go bad very frequently and cause a strong thump going ...

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Why does Engine loses power shifting in first and second gear what could be the cause?

check the exhaust system

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Why does my car jerk when shifting gears with an automatic transmission?

Why Does My Transmission Jerk When Shifting Gears? The most common cause of hard shifts is a low fluid level, so check your fluid level and add BlueDevil Transmission Sealer if it is low.Jerky shifts can also be caused by excessive line pressure due to a clog or malfunctioning shift solenoid.

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When your car doesnt crank what could it possible be?

It could be a dead battery, loose/dirty battery connections or a bad starter.

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What would cause your car to make a weird jerking motion while you press the brakes?

What you're describing COULD be what is called "disk brake chatter". The problem is caused by heat, which eventually will warp the rotors. If the rotor is warped the disk brake pads grab with different force as the warped rotor changes angle toward the brake pads. If the problem IS disk brake cha...

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What does it men when an automatic car jerks in to fourth gear-?

If a car jerks into fourth gear, the transmission may be slipping. The car could also need transmission fluid. A licensed mechanic can help with more information.

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What would cause the car to jerk when changing gears in a 1999 Chevy cavalier Z24 4-cylinder auto?

usually bad engine mountsThis happened to me once,but I'm not sure if this is your fix. I left the IAT Sensor(intake ait temperature sensor) unpluged by accident.It gave me whiplash everytime it shifted gears. I pluged it back in and it smothed out. It is in between the air filter box and throtal...

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When i put car in 4 gear car jerk?

you may not be at a high enough rpm

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What does it men when an automatic car jerks in to fourth gear?

When an automatic car jerks into fourth gear it could be the transmission. You may need transmission fluid or a new transmission. A licensed mechanic can check the car.

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What causes hard gear shifting?

The most common cause of hard shifts is a low fluid level, so check your fluid level and add BlueDevil Transmission Sealer if it is low.Jerky shifts can also be caused by excessive line pressure due to a clog or malfunctioning shift solenoid.

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Could low transmission fluid cause the transmission not to shift into the highest gear in overdrive?

It could however it is doubtfull. If the transmission fluid were dangerously low, the vehicle would also exhibit other driveability problems such as slipping. You can check your transmisison fluid by starting the vehicle and cheking the level on the transmission dipstick in the engine compartment...

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What causes stiff gear shift?

This happens because, if the master cylinder and/or release cylinder is damaged or leaks, it can cause loss of pressure on the fluid, this can make the clutch not disengage properly.If the clutch and engine do not disengage properly, the manual transmission will be hard to shift all gears, or fai...

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What causes my 96 olds 88 to badly jerk after start up then put in gear.Car literally jumps.Then feel small jerk when it changes gears driving?

Lack of transmission fluid.

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Your 99 silverado starts jerking or missing when the shift light comes on but accelerate or shift gears and it quits and in 5th gear if i let off the gas just a little it starts the same thing.?

If a 1999 Silverado starts jerking or missing when the vehicle is shifting, it could be the speed sensor, the oxygen sensor, or the shift solenoid. There are two oxygen sensors on this vehicle. There is one before the catalytic converter and one after. Also check the timing belt for signs of wear.

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What would cause a car not to shift gears?

Every time a gear change is required, the car's computer activates a transmission solenoid, which directs transmission fluid into the valve body to engage the correct gear.When this is faulty or not working properly, this can cause a delay in gear shifting or in some cases cause the car to not sh...

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What causes a car to not shift gears?

Every time a gear change is required, the car's computer activates a transmission solenoid, which directs transmission fluid into the valve body to engage the correct gear.When this is faulty or not working properly, this can cause a delay in gear shifting or in some cases cause the car to not sh...

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Why when i Put car in gear to drive or reverse it jerks and turns off?

Depending on the year/make/model of your car,It may very well be that your locking Torque Converter is locking at the wrong time. If,for instance,it's a GM vehicle,there is a 4 prong plug on the side of the transmission. Un-plug this and if the problem goes away you knw you have a bad lock-up sol...

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What causes a car to stumble when shifting from first to second gear in a 1996 intrepid?

Make sure parking brake is fully releasedTransmission fluid and filter may need changing If it has a manual transmission, try giving it a little gas as you release the clutch into 2nd.

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What causes the gear shift to be stuck in park?

The most common cause is the brake/shift interlock, discussed in the next section.Another cause is too much force applied by the park gear.Parking on an incline may cause our shifter to stick in the park position.If we release our brakes, after we shift into park position, the vehicle may roll.

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What causes gear shift to lock up?

The most common cause is the brake/shift interlock, discussed in the next section.Another cause is too much force applied by the park gear.Parking on an incline may cause our shifter to stick in the park position.If we release our brakes, after we shift into park position, the vehicle may roll.

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What would cause my car to not shift gears?

Every time a gear change is required, the car's computer activates a transmission solenoid, which directs transmission fluid into the valve body to engage the correct gear.When this is faulty or not working properly, this can cause a delay in gear shifting or in some cases cause the car to not sh...

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What causes a car to jerk when slowing down?

When the engine RPM drops below the normal range of about ~800 RPM (for most cars), this often times will cause the engine to stall indicating a dirty or faulty idle air control valve.I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your location to diagnose and repair your idle air c...

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What causes a car to shut off when you put it in gear?

Some common reasons for motor vehicle stalls include: An empty gas tank.A fuel mixture that isn't rich enough (this is usually the cause of cold stalling and intermittent stalling) A faulty fuel pump, alternator or EGR valve.

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What causes a car to die when you put it in gear?

The car engine had died due to a wide range of problem-related to the airflow, mechanics, or fuel.A mixture of the fuel is poor.Frequently, the cause is owing to the intermittent stalling and the cold stalling.The EGR valve, alternator, or fuel pump gets faulty.

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1994 Ford Taurus when you put it into gear it kicks in but slowly moves into drive and rarely works in reverse is it the transmission or possibly a sensor or could it be the gears?

You have a 12 year old transmission that is in serious need of service. Have the fluid and filter changed and see where you stand after that. If the problems still persists, take it to a professional.

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What would cause your automatic car to sputter and jerk bad when accelerating in first gear but be okay once it gets to second?

Try a basic tune up. New spark plugs, wires, cap and rotor. When the vehicle is in first gear and you are accelerating, that is when the most load is on the engine. It sounds as though under a load, you are losing your spark because it is arcing out where it should not be.

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What causes a 93 Saturn to hesitate and sputter when shifting gears?

egr valve may be clogged or bent. where do i find the egr valve on my 93 Saturn sc2?

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Why does your car jerk when you shift it from park to drive?

Check your joints, universal, CV ect that is likely your problem. Like people, when cars joints wear out they dont work properly.

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What causes a gear shift to lock up?

The most common cause is the brake/shift interlock, discussed in the next section.Another cause is too much force applied by the park gear.Parking on an incline may cause our shifter to stick in the park position.If we release our brakes, after we shift into park position, the vehicle may roll.

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Why is it hard to shift gears in my car?

A car that refuses to shift or go into gear easily is trying to tell you something is wrong and in most cases the culprit is the clutch or transmission.Transmissions are very complicated and have many moving parts, ignoring a hard to shift issue can quickly spiral into a very expensive transmissi...

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When did automatic gear shift in cars become standard use?

In the US, the first fully automatic transmission in a car was produced by Oldsmobile in the 1940 model year.

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What causes a transmission in 99 ford windstar van to not shift in any gears?

most faults in windstars are the torque converter and driveshaft spindle teeth wearing out.

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What happens when you engage a reverse gear while in forward motion?

Bang depending on the vehicle, you will ruin the transmission.

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What would cause a 1995 ford explorer transmission to JERKINGLY SHIFT AT TIMES?

This could be caused by a shift solinoid. The transmissions these days are controlled by the computer. Not knowing exactly what the car is doing or exactly what tranny it has leaves me to guess. The other option is that the tranny is going out slowly. This could be caused by a shift solinoid. The...

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When theirs a small evop leak would it cause your car to jerk?

a small evap leak would not cause your car to jerk.

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What causes a car to only shift from first to second gear when you take your foot off the gas?

There's a few possibilities. It could be the transmission itself.. whether an actual mechanical problem or a need to replace the transmission fluid. It could also be the shift settings in your ECM. I'd recommend you go either to a service shop or a parts supplier like Auto Zone, O'Reilly's, Advan...

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Why does my car jerk when changing gears?

Automatic transmissions that shift hard, jerk or shake during a shift change may mean your transmission fluid needs changed or fluid level is low.In manual transmission vehicles, abnormal gear shifts could indicate damaged gear synchros, worn clutches or other, more severe issues.

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Is it safe to put the gear in neutral while the car is in motion?

No, and in most states illegal if involved in an accident (Georgia Overdrive) i think what your asking is it safe if the car stalls while your moveing done the road can i put it in neutral,yes, it will not hurt anything and you can roll safely to the side of the road.when you are stopped put it b...

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What would cause a slight jerking motion from front of car and white smoke to come from exhaust pipe when accelerating?

White smoke from the exhaust is a sign of coolant in the combustion chamber, and can be a blown head gasket or cracked head. This is very serious and will cause severe engine damage. Have this looked at by a professional. A slight jerking motion in the front while accelerating is possibly torque ...

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What happens when car has trouble shifting into gear?

best case senario, low trans fluid. worse case senario bad transmission.

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What causes a car to jerk before putting it in reverse?

A loose nut behind the wheelcheck transmission fluid level if automatic

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What is shifting to low gear in a car?

Exactly what it sounds like. Cars have different gears to chose from depending on how you want to drive. Low gears are strong but slow, good for getting started, going uphill, or just going slow. High gears are fast but weaker, good for going faster.

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Why does a car idol high when shifting gears?

Typically this is caused by the load being removed from the engine, allowing it to rev faster and thus idle higher.

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What are the gear shifts in a car?

A gear stick (rarely spelled gearstick), gear lever (both, UK English), gearshift or shifter (US English) is a metal lever attached to the shift assembly in a manual transmission-equipped automobile and is used to change gears.In an automatic transmission-equipped vehicle, a similar device is kno...

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What is happening when your car as you shift from first gear into second gear and it backfires?

the spark timing has to be adjusted (on older vehicles only)

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What causes a 2.8L Celebrity 4 door to go dead when you put it in gear?

Low Fluid level. If the car has a three-speed automatic, the torque converter clutch solenoid is locked up. Unplug it from the transmission, and see if it still dies when put in gear.

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What would cause a 97 Ford Taurus to stall when you put it in gear?

The idle for the 97 Taurus could be too low. The transmission bands could be sticking some as well, not allowing the transmission to come out of gear during idling.

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What causes the gear shift to get stuck?

A less common cause for a shifter being stuck in park is a badly worn or faulty ignition switch.The shift interlock mechanism will remain in the locked position until the interlock solenoid receives a signal from the ignition switch indicating that it is in the "ON" position.

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Why does engine jerk in first gear?

because your transmission is going bad if it is stick let off the clutch slower but if it is automatic then your trans. is going.

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When gear shift won't move?

truck start shift is hard to move in gear

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What makes a manual transmission whine when you shift gears?

Low gear oil level might do that, or contaminated or dirty gear oil. Get the tranny hot by a 1/2 hour drive and change the oil out for fresh. You may have to do this a couple of times to get all the "badness" out of the tranny. If it doesn't fix it, assume the input shaft bearing has failed, whic...

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Car jerks and loses power when in first or second gear?

Sounds like it is in need of a complete tune up.

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What does it mean when your gear shift is locked in park it starts but will not reverise?

If your gear shift is locked into park, but the car stars and won't go into reverse, try unlocking the steering wheel. Turn the wheel back and forth to see if it remedies the problem.

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Was driving along in my 1998 Chevy Tracker when it felt like it popped out of gear. shifted gear shift felt fine but when I engaged the clutch it would not engage. what happened No consol light or war?

The clutch disc may have shredded.

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Check engine light plus on ETS light on plus car jerks when put in gear?

ETS stands for Electronic Traction System, check your owners manual. It controls your car's slippage on ice and other surfaces. Something might have happened with your ETS as your service engine light is on. Jerking in gear could be a torque converter problem or bad cluthes in the tranny.********...

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Why does your car jerk after shifting?

The car is attempting to find the next gear, stopping the car while finding it, and then moving on.

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What causes a car to hesitate to start and then stalls whether in motion and not in motion?

You provide limited information but at first glance it sounds like a problem with engine timing (perhaps spark plugs). I would take the car to a mechanic for diagnosis.

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What would cause a car to stall when putting it into gear from park?

Hey Tom==This is to general to even guess. What kind of car and engine do you have an does it do it when it is cold, hot or when???? GoodluckJoeSome things that can cause it are bad plugs, to low idle, vacuum leak -check lines and regulator, worn out carbs not operating causing bad air fuel mix u...

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How do you down shift gears in a stick shift?

The gear stick has a diagram of where to move the stick to engage a certain gear. For example, if Gear 1 is in the top left corner, you must move the stick to the fair left, then forwards to engage first gear. Oh, and you have to push down the clutch each time you change gear.

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What causes a 1988 Honda Accord to jerk once while accelerating at 3000 rpm in all five gears but more so in gears two to four?

I have the same problem. It just started. All wheels are tight, air pressure is good, and cv joints are new. Maybe a clutch problem? I'm still checking on mine.

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What causes a car to stay in drive no matter what gear you put it in?

The transmission may need repair or the shift lever may simply be disconnected.

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Why does your manual transmission car jerk while in gear?

Assuming it is not driver error there are two possibilities.Either the clutch is slipping under higher torque delivery and causing the vehicle to buck, or the transmission is damaged internally.If it is a clutch issue it's only a matter of time until the clutch fails, but make sure there is no oi...

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What does it mean when your car jerks while stopped?

When driving the vehicle feels like has no umph in it.This may be related to a dirty of failing idle air control valve.When this not working properly, you may notice an erratic idle which may cause the vehicle to lurch forward when sitting at a stop light as you describe.

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How gear shifting takes place in a car?

kinda like a bike but not really, Think of the gears on a bike. on the rear of the bike you have a cone with a lot of teeth on it. when you bike up hill you use the smaller gearbut as u desend u switch to the bigger gear. this is kinds of like the overdrive system on a car. As u go up into gear y...

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Is it possible to have a car with an automatic transmission changed into a stick shift?

It depends on the vehicle. If the car was offered with a manual transmission or there are other cars with the same engine that have a manual transmission, then yes you can have stick shift installed.

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1990 Nissan 300zx starter turns over but car wont start What could be some possible causes?

the teeth on the starter could be worn out or the teeth on the flywheel could be worn out ... hopefully for you its just the starter if its the flywheel you will have to pull the tranny ...

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What does it mean when your car jerks while idling?

The idle air control valve also helps to transition the motor from higher RPM's back down to a slow idle without causing the motor to stall.When this not working properly, you may notice an erratic idle which may cause the vehicle to lurch forward when sitting at a stop light as you describe.

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What does it mean when your car jerks while driving?

It's actually one of the most common reasons why a car jerks when accelerating.Your car's engine needs both fuel and air to do its work.A block in the fuel line or air intake can make the car jerk during acceleration as it loses one, or even both of the essential factors in keeping the engine run...

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What are the possible reasons a car could be bogging down when stepping on the gas?

A plugged/dirty fuel filter,A plugged/dirty air filter,A plugged up catalytic converter,A tune up needed.

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Why does a manual transmission have trouble shifting gears when it is cold?

Oil thick due to cold temperaturesAs vehicle warms up oil thins making it easier to shiftSounds like you're running petroleum lube in your manual. Completely drain out all of the current lube & replace with Pure Synthetic Manual Tyranny Lube. I suggest: AMSOIL 100% Pure Synthetic Manual Trans...

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What causes a car to jump when you are driving and it is a stick shift car?

It needs a tune-up..ie spark plugs air filter new wires etc

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What does it mean when your gears are hard to shift?

Automatic transmissions that shift hard, jerk or shake during a shift change may mean your transmission fluid needs changed or fluid level is low.In manual transmission vehicles, abnormal gear shifts could indicate damaged gear synchros, worn clutches or other, more severe issues.

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What could cause a car to accelerate when braking?

Your throttle is sticking open. I had an incident many years ago. I took foot off throttle which let the engine slow down, put foot on brake, the engine didn't speed up but the car did, very strange and was told impossible.

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What causes hard shifting from low to second gear in my 1995 Nissan altima automatic transmission?

Check the transmission fluid on the 1995 Nissan Altima. Bad fluid can cause the transmission to shift harder on parts that are more worn.

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1994 Lincoln town car has shifting problem sometimes from fast speed to slowing down a jerking motion is felt Not all the time can go 600 to 700 miles with no problem then all of a sudden a jerk?

It sounds like one of the clutches is hanging up. Get it to your Ford dealer and have them do a transmission flush with filter change ASAP. See if they recommend full synthetic fuid for this tranny. It's going to be cheaper that a transmission rebuild.

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What can cause a vehicle to steer improperly and feel like it is drifting after shifting gears?

you are probably refering to torque steer if you vehicle is frt whl drive

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What could cause a car to whistle when warming up?

most likely cause will be a vacuum leak at the carby or inlet manifold gasket. it will need a new gasket. hope you find a reputable mechanic, it shouldn't cost more than $100 if it is the manifold gasket but the carby gasket could become very expensive.a secondhand carby would be the cheaper opti...

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What could cause a car to sound like something is frozen under the hood when starting it in cold weather?

change your oil,and get a filter that retains oil for start ups like purolator pure one .make sure your oil is the correct weight.

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You are not good at changing gears and the car jerks when you do it Will this ruin your car?

no this will not ruin your car BUT it will start to scrape your gear because it is not being shifted properly

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What does it mean when the car jerks?

Worn Out Spark Plugs This means that your spark plugs are not igniting the fuel in each piston cylinder in a timely manner, causing your car to jerk around while accelerating.If your spark plugs are worn out they should just be replaced, as they are generally an easy and inexpensive repair.

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What does it mean when your gear shift is hard to move?

When a shifter becomes hard to move, it is usually the interlock cable.There is also a shift lever assembly, which is what you are grabbing when you move your car in and out of gear.Both of these are the main culprits with hard to move shifters.There is a slim possibility the problem is in the tr...

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What does it mean when car only jerks when traveling a long distance?

Not Knowing what type of car you have doesn't give me much to work with. But Ill try it could be a couple different things. The torque converter solenoid could be one they tend to do this after you reach highway speed and then drop to a lower speed, In most cars this is allot of work but does not...

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Why does a transmission slam when shifting gears?

If it is automatic you have problems. If it is standard you still have problems. Put some transmission fluid in it then if it still "slams" you need a new transmission.----------The transmission is not slamming itself yet you are experiencing the gear drop in rather hard inside the casing. Check ...

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Why will my shift lever move but the transmission wont go in gear if you shift it real hard it might go in gear?

The year, make and model vehicle would help but in some vehicles the shift cable runs under the drivers side carpet and gets damaged from constant moisture resulting in a sticky, binding shift lever.

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Is it possible to make a stick-shift car an automatic?

With money anything can be done, but it may cost more than the vehicle is worth to make the change over.

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What makes a car jerk when idling?

If you are getting a rough idle with misfire only at idle or coming to a stop and runs fine when driving above idle is usually caused by a vacuum leak in the intake or vacuum hoses.You will need to have the engine checked for intake vacuum leaks.

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What makes fire come out exhaust when shifting gears?

Is you question about how do make it have fire come out or is it why does fire come out. I can answer both just let me know which one you want answered

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Why does my car jerk when I shift from park to drive?

Why Does My Transmission Jerk When Shifting Gears? The most common cause of hard shifts is a low fluid level, so check your fluid level and add BlueDevil Transmission Sealer if it is low.Jerky shifts can also be caused by excessive line pressure due to a clog or malfunctioning shift solenoid.

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What causes a car to jerk once it reaches about 50-60 mph?

Jerk...where do you feel it...in the steering wheel? does it seem like it's going faster then slower, or up and down.... in order, it could be ALIGNMENT/SHOCKS/MOUNTS,or TRANSMISSION SLIPPING, or ENGINE SURGING/Tune related.... a good book will help with symptom identification.. everyone should h...

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What does it mean when car drive rough in gear?

It means that the car can barley get enough power in the gear to move car. Just barley. It is probably that you're using a manual transmission and you moved from 1st gear to 2nd gear without going to the minumin speed and power. This also means that you don't know how to use the transmission itself.

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What causes steering wheel to jerk when turning?

Occasionally you'll notice that your steering wheel will make jerking movements or sudden turns to the left or right when not directed by you.This is typically the sign of loose bearings in the steering rack and the result of the steering rack literally moving without input.

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Is it safe to put the gear in neutral while the car is in motion or momentum?

It depends what you mean by 'safe'. Will putting the car in neutral damage the engine? No...when the car is in neutral the two plates that make up the clutch are seperated. Therefore there is no power being transferred to the wheels. However, as there is no where for the engine's stored power to...

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What causes a car to jerk while driving?

What causes a car to jerk while driving can be based on many factors. A car can sputter due to engine compression issues, bad transmission, engine misfire, bad spark plugs or even low fuel.

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What causes severe Car engine noise when driving in gear but not when stopped?

Could be one or more of the following factors: A problem with the gear box, Worn engine mounts, worn drive shafts, may also be other factors involved.

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What causes the d100 with a v-6 to shift hard into gear?

lack of tranny oil would probably be the culprit. if not tranny fluid then you are probably in need of a transmission overhaul.

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How does a car shift gears?

What is moving inside the transmission when I move the shifter? The transmission allows the gear ratio between the engine and the drive wheels to change as the car speeds up and slows down.You shift gears so the engine can stay below the redline and near the rpm band of its best performance.

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