Today I went into my car, started it up, and when I set it to "drive", and stepped on the accelerate, it wouldn't move. It wouldn't move on "reverse" either. I noticed that there wasn't a sound when I set it to drive, like it usually does, and that I could move the shift stick between drive and the others without holding down the button. This may have happened because I hit a metal object that scrapped the bottom of the car while on the freeway, but I'm not sure, since when I arrived to my house that day, it was all working fine. Is this something I can fix myself or how much would it cost for a repair?
Check trans oil level, you may have holed the oil pan.
June, 4, 2012 AT 11:06 PM
If it helps at all with this problem, it's an automatic, I think over 114,000 miles on it, and the "service engine soon" light has been lit for months. It never blinked, but is just on. Also, when I make big turns within 10 minutes or so of turning the car on, it makes a sort of grinding sound and reversing and turning at the same time makes a kind of metal-sounding squeak; I think that's the brakes.
June, 5, 2012 AT 12:05 AM
If the fluid is good, you have an internal failure and most likely the trans will have to be rebuilt. Perhaps if you had it checked when the noise occurred, this could have been averted. Never ignore abnormal noises.
June, 5, 2012 AT 12:37 AM
I'll check the oil when I get the chance, but I also noticed that there's been some leaking beneath the car. I think it has stopped a while ago.
June, 5, 2012 AT 1:14 AM
My father and I just checked it and the oil seemed fine. We think the bottom of the car got cut open a bit from the afformentioned metal thing on the freeway, because the transmission fluid leaked out. If that is the case, does anyone know how much it would cost to get that fixed, assuming the only repair is sealing up the hole?
June, 5, 2012 AT 1:56 AM
You just said the oil was fine. Did you mean engine or trans?
What hole? Where? Cant even begin to give an opinion without more info.