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Why Won't Your Vehicle Move When the Engine is Revving | Beaverton Chevy Service Information

Get answers about why your vehicle's engine revs or won't accelerate

The transmission in your vehicle, whether it's an automatic or manual, is the part that transmits engine power to the wheels. Gear ratios within the transmission are responsible for ensuring a smooth acceleration and efficient fuel economy. This means that problems with the transmission can be the difference between getting where you need to go and calling for a ride. We'll look at some of the more common problems that could cause your engine to rev without the transmission finding the right gear--and their solutions.

Are There Inexpensive Solutions to Problems with a Transmission?

Perhaps the most affordable way to ensure that the transmission in your ride continues to work reliably is to keep up with manufacturer recommended maintenance. Be sure that the work is done by factory-trained technicians at your local authorized dealer. They'll replace the transmission fluid and the filter as necessary while also inspecting everything to ensure proper function.

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What if Transmission Maintenance Won't Fix it?

This is where things get a bit more complicated. If you have an automatic transmission that won't get in gear when the engine is revving, it could be due to a failed solenoid. If it's mounted on the outside of the transmission, replacing it won't take much. However, internal issues can also cause this problem, and that will likely require more extensive repair or possibly even a complete rebuild. There may also be an issue with the shift linkage causing the indicator to say you're in a gear when the transmission is still in park or neutral. Try shifting the vehicle through each position and take note of how the shift lever feels when doing so.

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Manual Transmission Shifting Problems

If the engine revs but the vehicle doesn't respond accordingly with a manual transmission, the solutions differ a bit from an automatic transmission. It could be a problem with the hydraulic clutch, or the clutch plate assembly. Manual transmissions typically have the advantage of being obvious when they're in gear, but if you're having trouble getting the gear shift in the right position, it could be an issue with the synchronizers. This usually presents itself with a grinding of the gears when trying to shift.

Since automotive transmissions are among the most complex components in your vehicle, diagnosing problems and finding solutions can be tricky. That's why we suggest having the experts at an authorized dealer take care of them.

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Learn More About Transmission Repair & Service at Carr Chevrolet, Serving the Portland Area

We've got a saying that no one does Carr Care like Carr Chevrolet, and we'd like to show you just what that means in our authorized service center. Frequently-asked pages like this one are just one example of how we strive to inform as well as serve. You'll find frequently updated special offers on common Chevrolet service and maintenance needs along with outstanding customer service. Schedule your next Chevy service appointment easily online.



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