Hard shifting in an automatic vehicle is typically the result of a faulty or failing transmission. An automatic transmission is comprised of gears, fluid, bell housing and a filter. Problems arising in any of these areas... More »

Some common transmission problems with Volvo include loss of transmission operation, premature automatic transmission, hard and erratic shifting, rough downshifts and delayed acceleration. Other problems include taking a... More »

Accelerator position sensors detect how far the driver is pushing the gas pedal. The sensor feeds information to the car's computer, which helps it determine the correct fuel-to-air ratio and when to shift. More »

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To put an automatic transmission vehicle into neutral when the battery is drained, apply the parking brake, turn on the ignition switch, depress the brake pedal and then move the gear shift to neutral. If the shift will ... More »

Some signs of low transmission fluid are slipping or jerking motions as the gears shift, dragging of the vehicle as it picks up speed and increase in the temperature of the transmission. More »

Start an automatic car by pressing the brake pedal when the vehicle is parked. Place the key in its ignition slot and rotate three clicks forward. Release the key once the engine cranks. More »

Most car starters are under the vehicle, where the engine and transmission meet. Sometimes in front-wheel vehicles with side-mounted engines, the car starter is accessible from the hood. However, owners and mechanics usu... More »