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 »

When a car won't shift into reverse or drive, there is usually a problem with the transmission, such as low transmission fluid or loose throttle cables. Transmission fluid lubricates the gears and other components of the... More »

If a car is hard to start, the issue is often the battery. While a dead battery does not turn the starter at all, a weak one turns it very slowly. This slow turn does not create enough compression to cause the fuel to ig... More »

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 »