Questions tagged [shifting]

"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 transmissions shift gears automatically and attempt to optimize engine performance

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How to fix/replace shifter button?

The button from my automatic shifter just fell off one day. It looks like the plastic of the button's shaft has basically deteriorated. I tried to glue it on and that lasted a couple of weeks before ...
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Should I stop shifting out of gear without the clutch?

I drive a manual 2013 Ford Focus. Often times when I am about to coast to a stoplight, I will pull it out of gear without using the clutch. Sometimes it just slides out nice and easy, but other times ...
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2004 Honda Oddessey won't change gears after starting

Description of the vehicle It is an automatic transmission 2004 Honda Odyssey. Runs great 95% of the time. Then once a month or so it has a problem. Description of the problem Ignition works fine, ...
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Gear of Car takes time to shift from 1st to 2nd gear

My car is 2005 Chevy Impala. While driving in automatic mode, I have to drive at 18 MPH for around 4-5 seconds to allow the gear to shift from first to second (or second to third gear, I am not sure ...
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cvt transmission

I have a 2015 nissan pathfinder. It seems to take a long time when you shift into reverse. Other than that it seems fine. Has anybody else had that problem. My dealer says that at some point it had ...
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Older craftsman lawn mower 14 HP popped out of neutral to first gear

I was running gas out of mower while it was in neutral, it jumped gears and started climbing a milk crate. I could backup off milk crate, so I run gas out of mower while holding clutch in until motor ...
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How to correct brake pedal click from the interlock solenoid on a Nissan Titan

I'm familiar with a known issue on the Nissan Titan regarding clicking/popping from the shifters located in the center console. When coming to a stop you can hear a distinct clicking sound. After ...
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Speedometer doesn't work and transmission won't shift

I have a 95 GMC Sierra with a 4.3 V6 and automatic transmission. The speedometer doesn't work and will not shift on it's own. I have replaced trans fluid and filter(no shavings or anything abnormal ...
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2002 VW Jetta Wagon 2.0L - Gear shift stuck in park (automatic)

This problem was intermittent until now. Before the issue happened, the shifter would click whenever I put my foot on the brake, a light on the shift column will turn off, and I would hear a click ...
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Going at 60-70 KPH in first gear - does it damage the transmission?

I'm actually talking about a CVT transmission here. I understand that CVTs don't actually have gears, so what I mean by "first gear" in this case is switching to manual mode and accelerating the car ...
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Engine braking with CVT - does it hurt the engine in some cases?

I have a 2013 Nissan Maxima with a 3.5L V6 and a CVT transmission. Like most CVTs these days, it has a "manual mode" where the driver can manually change the gear ratios by shifting through simulated ...
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Why does my automatic transmission not shift sometimes?

My 2003 Grand Prix sometimes goes into gear and sometimes it won't. Today I'm driving and once my car gets to 40 km/h, it should click into second but it just revs, then it just clicks in. What should ...
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How do I put my automatic car into neutral while moving in drive? [closed]

I have a friend that is always putting his car in neutral and revving it up and I find that the coolest thing in the world. If someone could tell me how I can put my 2006 Civic in neutral while in ...
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am i supposed to use gas when i a shift gears on a manual? [closed]

I have a Chevy s-10 manual, I think the year is 2001? When i shift gears it usually jumps, should I be using gas while I push in the clutch or before I take my foot off the clutch? If so how much gas?
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Why operating shift knob gear at high rpm while upshifting from 1st to 2nd is smoother than at lower rpm?

If I upshift from 1st to 2nd in my car, when engaging the 2nd gear i feel like something hooked the shift knob for a 20ms and then the gear knob goes in to its final position. I don't need to use ...
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In a manual car, does changing gear quickly put more wear on the synchro's?

I have a ford fiesta with a manual transmission, and often when I'm driving gently, I'll take more than a second or so to change gear after I depress the clutch pedal. I press the clutch pedal, slowly ...
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Mystery-2008 Scion xB sticks in gear

So my wife has a 2008 Scion xB with a manual transmission. We've been having a problem that comes and goes with it, and is difficult to get to the bottom of. When we're driving the vehicle, it ...
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Ford Ranger 3.0 TDCI XLT - Fifth Gear Problems

I have a Ford Ranger 3.0 TDCI XLT 2007 Model. I can get all my gears except fifth gear. I have checked the hydraulic clutch and bled it. Still the same problem. After driving with it, it also started ...
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How would you stop if the ignition switch failed while driving?

A link posted in this answer describes a potential engineering flaw in GM ignition switches that can result in a car losing power while driving, and accidents where airbags do not deploy. I drive a ...
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Automatic transmission shift problem on a 2002 Chevrolet Impala

I recently bought this car with an automatic transmission. After I backed up, I could not get it to go into drive. I reset the car by turning it off and then on until it worked. Last few times I've ...
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Hard shifting on 2003 VW Jetta 1,8 with manual transmission

After unrelated repair in the shop, my car began to have difficulties going into 5th gear. Gradually over the next couple of days, it was noticeable that the car refused to engage into 3rd, and now ...
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Why is it almost impossible to put the car in first gear at high speeds?

Why doesn't the transmission allow me to put the car in any gear I want (e.g. first) at any speed I want? Is the transmission (including the synchronous gears) disconnected from the flywheel when the ...
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Does flooring the throttle while traveling at lower speeds increase fuel consumption?

I've noticed that in a manual transmission vehicle when going uphill I have two options: Downshift and press the gas more Stay in the same gear and press the gas more I haven't measured it but ...
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Chrysler 300 shifts from Drive to Reverse when going uphill

This is a 2012 Chrysler 300. Had recall done labor day weekend on gear shift software and now when I go up a hill the car jumps from drive to reverse and rolls back. Then later on 3 to 4 hours later ...
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Car doesn't shift smoothly

I have a 2003 GMC Sierra with 60,000 miles on it. I have automatic transmission and just a few weeks ago, my car started having problems shifting gears. The best way to describe how the car feels ...
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Difficulty putting car in gear

A new neutral safety switch was just installed in our 2008 Pontiac G6. Why would that have an affect on the mechanism which puts the car in reverse, drive, and park? The console arm is now extremely ...
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Nissan xtrail T32 manual gear box/transmission issue?

I have a new Nissan xTrail petrol T32, and have noticed two issues. When I change from 1st to 2nd and from 2nd to 3rd especially, it does not go as smoothly and effortlessly as the other cars I have ...
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Automatic Transmission RPM changes from 1st to 2nd gear

So this is a Corolla 2005 model, with an automatic transmission. I am just curious about how my car works. If I increase my RPM when I am in 1st gear, to say about 3k (by aggressively pressing down ...
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Should I put my car in first when parked? [duplicate]

When I park my car and turn it off, I usually select first gear, pull the parking brake, kill the engine, and then release the clutch pedal. I did this because I thought it would keep the car from ...
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My 1992 Geo metro w/auto transmission does not shift automatically, but works fine shifting manually

My 1992 Geo metro with automatic transmission does not shift automatically, but it works fine shifting manually. The transmission shop check says the transmission is fine.
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Should I wait for my car to be completely stopped before putting it in reverse?

I drive a manual (2010 Mini Cooper). Sometimes, before I need to put the car in reverse, my car is still moving forward. Granted it's not moving at more than a few mph, but it's not stationary. Is ...
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Shift struck when try to put it in to 1st gear [duplicate]

I have a Nissan N16 car with a 5 speed manual gearbox. I have a issue with its shift. When I try to shift into 1st gear, it is very hard to put it in - but not in to other gears. I have to push harder ...
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Why is my shifter lever extremely stiff or hard to shift gears?

My 1985 Yamaha 750 Maxim shift lever is extremely stiff or hard to shift. When I pull off the casing that it passes thru or even loosen the bolts to the case it shifts normally. What can the issue ...
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Mysterious “5th” Gear on a 4-Speed Automatic?

My 1998 Honda Civic LX is equipped with the 4-speed automatic transmission. Before I looked this up, I decided to count the number of upshifts from a stop, and I counted four, not three. This mystery "...
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Bike making squeaking sound while upshifting

I've put 7281 Kms on the bike so far and recently I've encountered a problem. While upshifting using the clutch, the bike makes a squeaking sound. The sound appears when I release the clutch. This ...
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Engine shuts off while shifting gears

I am a beginner driver and am still struggling with shifting gears. I drive a Hyundai I20. The issue that I am facing is that when I shift from 1st to 2nd, usually while going up a slope, the shift is ...
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Need to rotate an out of reach bolt or pin

I'm trying to fix the shifter on my dirt bike. I've located the problem, which is a pin that's come loose. The shifter kind of works, but every now and then it gets jammed because this loose pin isn'...
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Mercury Comet Gear Shifter Is Loose

I have a 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente that I am restoring and I'm trying to make it drive as smoothly as possible. However, the car's gear shifter lever on the steering column (automatic transmission) ...
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Is reverse gear in a manual transmission equivalent to any other gear?

Question is pretty well summarized in the title. If we were to order gears in terms of power provided, where would reverse fall between gears 1-5 on a manual transmission vehicle? Does it vary by ...
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1997 Honda accord will not start

I have a 1997 Honda accord. The other day I had it started and turned it off went to start it up again and nothing just a click. When I go to start it the battery indicator light comes on and will not ...
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Shifting on a motorbike by preloading

I have a few different questions that popped into my head after reading about preloading the shifter in motorbikes, here's one of three: Shifting between 1st and 2nd on a motorbike - will the bike ...
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mercury milan key stuck in ignition, shifter will not come out of park

2007 Mercury Milan At first the key was stuck in the ignition. Now it wont shift out of park. Are these 2 issues related? Will installing a new shifter kit fix both issues?
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What can cause my motorcycle to shift into gear (but not all of them) without using the clutch?

I'm riding a Honda CB600F Hornet built 2006 (last model with carbs). I put it away for the fall/winter about 6 months ago. This week I was doing the maintenance, cleaned the brakes, lubed cables, ...
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Pontiac G5 transmission sometimes grinds when shifting into first while stopped, occasionally stalls car

I have a 2007 Pontiac G5 with a 5-speed manual (Getrag F23 if you're curious) and about 145k miles. This problem has been ongoing for a couple years now but is progressively getting worse. Sometimes ...
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Hyundai Tucson has trouble shifting when ESC and DBC lights come on

I own a 2011 Hyundai Tucson Limited. Sometimes, seemingly randomly, the Electronic Stability Control light will turn yellow, and the Downhill Brake Control light will turn red. This sometimes ...
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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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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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No Damage/ top fuel economy rpm shift point

I am driving my Brother's 2002 4.0L gas ford ranger truck 5 speed manual transmission. What RPM should I shift at for best fuel economy. Also what RPM should I not let the truck go below while driving ...
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Manual transmission noise

What causes a grinding or scratching noise when shifting from 2nd to 3rd Gear on a 2000 Celica GT? I did have my mechanic add some gear oil but was thinking maybe I should have him drain out old ...
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Skipping gears when downshifting

Is it bad to skip gears when downshifting manually, e.g. from 4th directly down to 2nd etc?