Transmission suddenly loses drive gear

Tiny
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  • 2005 CHEVROLET MALIBU
  • 70,000 MILES

Was driving fine. Stopped at red light, had no drive afterwards. Only reverse. What about the solenoid or sensor? The check engine light is not on. The car never showed any signs of transmission problems. It was driving fine, we stopped at a red light, it turned green and the car would not go. Park, reverse and neutral are all fine, but when you get past that neutral, you can see it go into gear but it does nothing.

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Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 AT 11:23 PM

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Tiny
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If the fluid is full and clean, it sounds like it could be an internal problem with pressure. Reverse gets full pressure. Drive does not and is regulated through the throttle body.

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Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011 AT 1:23 AM
Tiny
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So what do we do? Could the pressure be the problem if it happened so quickly?

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Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011 AT 1:29 AM
Tiny
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Yes, it could. You need to have it tested. The reason I am leaning this way is because there are no warning lights that would indicate an electrical issue. I wish I had a better answer for you.

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Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011 AT 1:32 AM
Tiny
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Do you know a way we can test it at home? We do not have the money to have it towed anywhere to be tested and were going to try to fix it at home.

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Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011 AT 2:54 AM
Tiny
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You need special tools. Let me see if I can get recommendations from another tech that is really good with GM vehicles. Give him a little time to get with you.

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Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011 AT 3:17 AM
Tiny
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Thank you very much.

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Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011 AT 4:25 AM
Tiny
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Glad to help. I have already spoken with him. He will most likely get in touch with you soon. His user name is Saturntech.

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Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011 AT 4:53 AM
Tiny
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Lets start with what size engine. There are three different engines for that car.

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Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 AT 1:52 AM
Tiny
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It is a 2.2 liter.

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Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 AT 6:01 AM
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You still need to check to make sure you do not have any codes that could lead you to the problem. Also, what color is the transmission fluid?

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Saturday, November 5th, 2011 AT 2:13 AM
Tiny
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We changed the fluid and filter, and the fluid was a little burnt looking but did not smell burnt. The car does not move at all when you put it in drive, 3, 2 or 1.

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Saturday, November 5th, 2011 AT 3:01 AM
Tiny
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Was there any silver metal looking stuff in the transmission? I hope you drained the fluid through a rag to look for metal? Also, again any codes? I would check for them.

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Saturday, November 5th, 2011 AT 3:39 PM
Tiny
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There was very little silver shavings and it was almost like dust.

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Sunday, November 6th, 2011 AT 4:43 PM
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Again do you have any codes in the computer? I would check for them.

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Sunday, November 6th, 2011 AT 10:03 PM
Tiny
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The car only goes in reverse so we have no way to hook it to a machine. Is there a way to check at home?

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Sunday, November 6th, 2011 AT 10:12 PM
Tiny
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Not on that car, you would need a code reader to see any codes. If there are not any codes I would next check the transmissions pressure. You would need a transmission pressure tester gauge set. To fix this yourself your going to have to buy tools and depending on your skill level fixing cars this repair might get over your head.

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Sunday, November 6th, 2011 AT 10:27 PM
Tiny
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Thank you.

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Sunday, November 6th, 2011 AT 10:33 PM
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You are welcome keep me posted.

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Sunday, November 6th, 2011 AT 10:38 PM
Tiny
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  • 2004 CHEVROLET MALIBU
  • 3.5L
  • V6
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 133,000 MILES

Original engine and transmission. The problem is my girl friend was pulling out of a parking lot and just stopped moving. Car revs up but will not move. The thing is reverse works just fine. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Thursday, May 4th, 2017 AT 8:23 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Check the transmission fluid if you can, otherwise you will need a transmission shop to look at it. Maybe something internally wrong with transmission.

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Thursday, May 4th, 2017 AT 8:23 PM (Merged)

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