Car not going into gear

My car won't go into gear. I changed out the transmission and torque converter, and the car still won't go into gear.
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If by going into gear you mean the shift lever actually moves but the vehicle wont move, you might still have a transmission issue. Automatic transmissions have several clutch packs inside as well as bands, servos, and a valve body that directs fluid to the proper location in the transmission. If the unit is a rebuilt unit, consider getting your transmission inspected. Checking the line pressure of the transmission is something a qualified mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, can do. This will help them determine if the pump is building enough pressure, or if there is some kind of internal pressure loss that is keeping the vehicle from going into gear.

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One reason why an automatic transmission isn`t shifting into gear has to do with the fluid. If it`s not at the right level or the incorrect type has been used, then it`ll affect the gears. Another big reason has to do with the ECM possibly going bad.
According to complaints submitted to federal regulators, Ford Expedition transmission problems include slipping, shaking, shuddering, stalling, jerking violently into gear and losing power.
Transmission won`t engage or stay in gear

If when you put your vehicle into gear and it won`t move, this may be a problem with low transmission fluid due to a leak, the shifter, shifter cable, or it could even be a problem in the valve body of your automatic transmission.

Some people call these parts the shift lock release. A brake switch fault will likely coincide with a failure to start. However, if the vehicle is running and won`t go into gear, it might be the linkage cable that is loose, damaged, or disconnected.
Ford`s PowerShift dual clutch transmission was used in 2010. Vehicles impacted are the Ford Fiesta (model years 2011-2016) and the Ford Focus (model years 2012-2016) equipped with a PowerShift transmission.
But a blown fuse No. 38 becomes a likely candidate causing a loss of power to the transmission solenoids.
The ECM controls a number of systems, but the most important ones for our purposes are the air to fuel ratio, the engine timing. It also controls the transmission in automatic transmission vehicles, and valve timing on vehicles with variable valve timing.
When the torque converter starts malfunctioning, you may feel shuddering and even slipping in overdrive. You usually notice your car shuddering because it feels like it`s vibrating. Your car will vibrate even when you`re not going very fast. The shuddering makes the car lag and is very noticeable.
If your car has an automatic transmission, the shift solenoid will shift the gears for you. The transmission control unit will take the information from the engine and speed sensors along with other parts of your vehicle to then decide when to shift gears for power and fuel efficiency.
Worn Transmission Fluid (Automatic Transmission)

Over time, the transmission fluid gathers dirt and grime. This can cause the engine to run roughly, stall or fail to accelerate when you press down on the gas pedal. You may need to have a transmission fluid change before more damage is done.

Grease, dirt and moisture can collect in or on the interlock and brakelight switches as well as on the shift cable and related parts, hampering their operation and making it hard to shift into gear.
2021 Ford Expedition transmission problems can show up as shifting delays, jumping or grinding during acceleration, a feeling of shakiness, or whistling noises and a burning smell coming from under the hood.
Technological diagnostics

Today`s vehicles come equipped with complex computer systems. And modern diagnostic technology can communicate with your automobile`s computer systems to determine your specific transmission problems.

Some of the worst model years of the Ford F-150 and the ones you should avoid buying are the 2004, 2005, 2010, and 2015 model years. Although the F-150 has a decent reputation, these models have proven to be quite problematic.
Time and mileage vary between car drivers and how they use or abuse their transmissions. Still, typical automatic transmissions last around 150,00 to 200,000 miles or approximately 7 years.
Transmission Wear-and-Tear: How long does a Ford F-150 transmission last? Typically, F-150 transmissions can last anywhere from 150,000 to 200,000 miles with proper maintenance. Keep in mind that your transmission will experience wear and tear at the same rate as your engine.
When your transmission is failing, the most common issue it displays is gear slipping. This causes the engine to lose power, RPMs will often increase, and the engine might smell bad.
Bad Transmission Control Module Symptoms

Slow Acceleration: It takes longer than normal for your vehicle to pick up speed. Gear Slippage: Your transmission switches gears without warning or without you shifting. Inability to Shift: You can`t shift out of neutral.

If the sound resembles humming, buzzing, or clunking, you may be experiencing transmission failure. Bad automatic transmissions may emit humming, buzzing, or whining noises while manual transmissions have harsher “clunking” sounds.
For example, in some situations an oxygen sensor can cause poor shifting in your transmission – if the engine isn`t running correctly, the transmission control module may misinterpret when and where it`s supposed to be shifting, causing erratic behavior at the transmission.
Transmission has difficulty shifting

If the speed timing sensor is failing or sending inaccurate data, the engine will rev higher before the transmission shifts into a higher gear.

The Transmission Control Module (TCM) controls modern automotive transmissions based on input from various sensors as well as data provided by engine control module (ECM).
A damaged fin or bearing in the torque converter can cause hesitation in the transmission shifting, or the transmission to slip out of gear entirely. This is because the engine torque is not being efficiently converted into the hydraulic pressure needed to shift gears within the transmission.

Relevant Questions and Answers :

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My manual car won’t go into gear, it turns on and the clutch goes down perfectly fine. It happened after my gears grinded, the car
ANSWER : If the clutch mechanism is releasing properly, and the shift linkage is not malfunctioning, your transmission will have to be removed from the vehicle and inspected. Once a transmission has been removed from a vehicle, if the problem is a broken or worn part or parts, and the transmission has 100,000 miles or more, the most cost effective approach is to just simply rebuild the whole transmission. There are transmission rebuild kits that are sold just for this purpose. Rebuilding a transmission is no big deal and is indeed easier in many respects than rebuilding an engine. You can rebuild your transmission right in your own garage. You can NOT rebuild an engine in your own garage due to the highly specialized, and extremely costly, machine shop equipment required. Occasionally, mobile mechanics will take on a transmission rebuild job especially as once the mechanic removes the transmission from the vehicle, it is just simply a modular unit that can be easily transported to a mechanic’s shop and rebuilt right there and then returned to your vehicle. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic as we are always here to help you.

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Car won’t go into gear. 2002 Audi A4 Quattro
ANSWER : Hi there – Your symptoms describe the behavior to expect when your clutch hydraulics go out (clutch master and clutch slave cylinders). Check your clutch fluid level – it may be low. If the fluid level is low, this usually means your clutch slave cylinder has worn out, not unusual with your mileage, and should be replaced. I recommend a malfunctioning clutch inspection performed by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who will come to your location, diagnose this problem, give you an accurate assessment of damage and cost estimate for repairs.

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Shifting from 2nd to 3rd, car stopped going fast. Now it won’t go at all.
ANSWER : It is possible that your clutch has failed. The sound you are hearing is likely due to the clutch not engaging with the engine due to it being worn. I would recommened having your transmission inspected by a qualified transmission expert to determine if your clutch requires replacement in order to resolve this issue. This inspection may require removal and partial disassembly of the transmission in order to verify that the clutch has failed.

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My car has a cable transmission and it will go in gear when the car is off but once running it will not go in gear
ANSWER : Hi there. Knowing more about your car, such as the year, make and model is needed in order to provide you with some accurate ideas. In general however, this issue is commonly caused to a slave or master cylinder within the clutch system that causes the difficulty shifting while under power.

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My car won’t go past 35mph
ANSWER : Hi there. From the description you provided, your vehicle has problems with the transmission again. You stated it will not shift into 3rd gear again, like before the transmission was rebuilt. If the transmission is again the problem, it should be covered under warranty. It could be a faulty shift solenoid. The shift indicator not reading properly could be a faulty transmission position sensor. If this is an overall lack of performance issue, according to your last statement, then possibly you have a restriction in the exhaust system. I recommend having your vehicle’s problems inspected and diagnosed by a certified technician from YourMechanic.

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Vehicle won’t go into gear when running, when turned off, vehicle will go into gear but won’t start. 1998 Ford Explorer
ANSWER : Hello – your clutch hydraulics are the problem here. Check the clutch hydraulics fluid level – and it may share the same reservoir as the brake master cylinder (both use brake fluid as the hydraulic medium). If fluid needs to be added, that means that probably the clutch slave cylinder is leaking – this might be visible as a clear, but bitter-smelling liquid on the ground under the engine. I recommend a clutch hydraulics inspection performed by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who will come to your location, diagnose this problem, and give you an accurate assessment of damage and cost estimate for repairs.

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Car won’t move. I can start the car but when I put the shifter in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, ect. The car will not move.
ANSWER : The transaxle is not engaging internally to the axle shafts inside the transaxle or you have one or both axle shafts disengaged from the transaxle. The fact that the speedometer moves when gear is engaged and clutch is released shows the speed sensor in the transaxle is getting turned.

You will need to have the vehicle raised and the axles inspected for broke or stripped shafts. If the axles do not have anything visually wrong with them then hold one wheel and try to turn the other wheel while transaxle is in gear, with engine off, to see if the wheels are locked together. When you spin one wheel the other wheel should turn in the opposite direction. If it does not then the problem is in the transaxle differential gears and the transaxle would need to be removed and disassembled to find the broken internal components.

If you need some assistance with this, consider YourMechanic, as one of our mobile technicians can come to your home or office to diagnose your acceleration issue and help make the necessary repairs to get you going again.

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i have problem about runx this car when try to drive actually when i put gear position D car is going slowly then when try go spea
ANSWER : If you have a 2017 Toyota vehicle that his having acceleration issues and are having to use public transportation to get around, I would recommend taking the vehicle back to the Toyota dealership for service immediately. This vehicle is still under warranty and any issue you are having with the powertrain should be fixed free of charge. It is not even 2017 yet so there is no reason what so ever that this vehicle should have any issues with the engine.

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