"Shifting" refers to the act of cycling through different sized gears in a transmission with the goal of maintaining the engine's optimum power output while the vehicle is accelerating. Shifting gears is a manual process when the vehicle is equipped with a manual transmission. Automatic ...

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Volvo AW55 W mode hard shift avoidance

I have recently purchased a 2006 Volvo S60 T5 with 136,xxx miles. Like many mid-2000s Volvo's with the AW-55 transmission, it has succumbed to shift flares at 1-2 and 2-3. It is light but I would like ...
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Signs of a bad transmission?

I have a 2004 Subaru Legacy L Sedan Automatic. I've been starting to notice in the past few months that the transmission is shifting strange, typically either when the car first starts up, or has been ...
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Car stalls when shifting from reverse to forward

On a 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee, I'm seeing the vehicle stall occasionally after I back out of my driveway (~40 feet) and shift into forward. It doesn't exhibit the problem every time, but it seems to ...
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Why does my automatic 2002 Honda Accord EX V6 seem to struggle when shifting gears?

It's happening more and more these days where I will hit the gas while at a complete stop. My car starts moving, but not as fast as it should based on how far I have the pedal down. Anymore, I can ...
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How do I know when I should shift gear only by seeing the speedometer and tachometer?

I bought a new motorcycle (with clutch and six gears) and am learning to ride from the internet. I haven't found the answer of the following question. How do I know when I should shift gear only by ...
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Automatic Transmission - Shifting from Neutral to Drive while in motion

Recently, I've developed the habit of using the neutral gear in my automatic Honda Fit when going down slight inclines where I would otherwise have to use the accelerator to maintain speed. I ...
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My automatic transmission slid to neutral while driving down the freeway. Can I just put it back in drive?

Just curious if this has ever happened to anyone. I know people who like to put objects behind the shifter, heavy enough to slide the shifter to neutral. So it got me thinking, if this happens, can ...
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I get a blast of hot air during stop start driving. What could cause this?

I am a learner driver with a Hyundai i20. Every now and then when I stop and then go and switch to second gear I get a blast of heat at my legs and feet. The aircon is off and its a diesel. I am ...
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Can't move Chrysler 300M gear selector out of park

I got into my car this morning and couldn't move it from park after I started it. I can't change the gear at all. I can move the wheel, though. I've tried to wiggle it but haven't forced it because I ...
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Manually shifting an automatic transmission?

My car has been rather sluggish lately - both ABS and TCS lights are on, which means there is a sensor error somewhere. I haven't had the time to look for and fix said error, but I have had to drive ...
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My car won't shift into second its a 5 speed what can it be?

I have a 2003 Nissan Altima 2.5s 5-speed with about 183K miles. I think it still has the factory clutch, and the transmission fluid is at the correct level. The other day I tried to shift into second ...
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Auto transmission shifting late, staying in low gear

The mother-in-law's 2005 Renault Clio (auto) shifts very late and stays in too low a gear. When decelerating the tranny downshifts early (it really likes the revs). The garages all want a heafty sum ...
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2006 Pontiac Montana

I recently purchased a 2006 Pontiac Montana and the dealership seems to have a done a pretty good job with pre-lot reconditioning. The filters were changed, oil, and a new battery and tires were put ...
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How do I make my safety button on the gear shifter unstick?

On my '98 Malibu, the safety button (what you have to press to get out of park in conjunction with the break) on the gear shifter sticks. It it sticking so bad that it sometimes takes me minutes of ...
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2006 Cobalt SS - Traction Control Light & Hard Shifting

I drive a 2006 Cobalt SS (not supercharged) with the 2.4L engine. In the last month or so the traction control light has been coming on periodically. Turning the engine off and back on causes the ...
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Which gear should I use to climb a steep hill?

I have a 1999 Toyota Corolla, which has a D, 2, and L gear. I also have a steep driveway to climb everyday. Which of these gears is most appropriate for going up steep inclines?
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Top Speed varies even when using the same bike

I own a Hero Honda CBZXtreme bike. The top speed that I have reached is 122Km/Hr. But I am not able to reach this speed always. Sometimes the speed does not even cross 105 Km/Hr while travelling on ...
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During accelerating rpm going up but not speed [duplicate]

I have a Hyundai Accent 2002 car. Recently, each time I hit the race paddle to accelerate, my RPM goes up, but not the actual speed of the car. Could anyone think of what's the problem?
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Transmission won't shift into second after rebuild

I have a 94 Pontiac Firebird with a 4L60E automatic transmission. I bought a transmission rebuild kit and installed everything right, but it's not shifting into second the way it should. Everything in ...
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Typically in what RPM range should one manually downshift an automanual transmission?

Related to this question and TMN's answer: What's a good RPM range to safely downshift an automanual transmission manually? My car does it for me when the RPMs get really low, but that throws me off ...
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97 Bonneville, strange problems accelerating

I'll try to explain this problem as clearly as possible. I have a 97 Bonneville, automatic transmission. When accelerating from idle, sometimes two strange things happen: the car reaches ~20 mph, ...
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Difficulty shifting into first gear on 1995 VW Golf

It has become very difficult to shift into 1st gear on my 1995 VW Golf. Pushing the shifter fully left and then forward now puts the transmission into 3rd. How can I fix this?
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Best way to diagnose and fix a shifter that sticks in park?

I have a 1997 Caravan [short wheelbase, base model] with a 4-speed automatic transmission. After it sits [off] for a few hours, the shifter will get stuck in park. A little jiggling and a hard pull ...
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2014 Dodge Grand Caravan will not shift out of park

I was wondering if anyone know where to start a repair on a 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan that will not shift out of park? • The “Malfunction Indicator Light” is currently on • The “Electronic ...