I was on the way to work this morning when I suddenly noticed that my car (automatic transmission) won't shift up from the first gear anymore. This also happened a few weeks ago and, thinking it may have been a computer issue, I just restarted the engine and I was able to continue driving normally after. However, that didn't work this time.

All gears R, D, 2, and 3 don't work - except for gear 1 which, fortunately, allowed me to drive back home albeit slowly. It takes a while to shift to gear 1 from P, however, and it usually causes the car to jerk forward.

What could be the issue of my car? As there are no auto repair shops open here right now due to the virus issue, is there something I can do by myself?

  • Nothing you can do but wait for a transmission shop to open.
    – Moab
    May 4, 2020 at 13:03
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    Have you checked the fluid level? That would be my first step. Or, get the level checked...
    – Solar Mike
    May 4, 2020 at 13:05
  • COuld the car have gone into limp home mode - can you check for error codes?
    – Rory Alsop
    May 4, 2020 at 13:27
  • There is a computer system in your car that gives On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) codes, these can be read by a special reader, you can buy basic bluetooth ones for little money or get your codes read at an auto parts store for free. I'd get these read or read them yourself to see if there's anything revealing. Also check your transmission fluid level using the method specified in your manual.
    – GdD
    May 4, 2020 at 13:29
  • Unfortunately, I can't do any of those. Also, my car doesn't have a dipstick for the transmission fluid - I think the only way to check the level is to take a look under. I'll try taking it to an oil change shop for a quick check if the nearby ones are open.
    – DeVilFisCh
    May 4, 2020 at 14:14


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