My car was under water up to half the windscreen after the last flood in my area. A local mechanic worked on it to the point where it was drivable again. However, 1 month after that, the car suddenly shut off while I was driving and wouldn't start. I took it back to him and he said he replaced the electrical coil springs and worked on/changed the electrical ignition switch.
It worked for another month and shut off on me after about 45 minutes of highway driving. This is what happened - I made a brief stop to pay toll and I felt the car shuddering a little. I went back on the highway and was going over the George Washington Bridge in NY (extremely busy) when I noticed the car slowly moving. When I pressed the gas, the engine only revved but the car didn't go any faster. Because it was kind of a downhill, the car was able to go as far as to the bridge's exit and that is where it stopped and I noticed the " check transmission" light on. The car could still start but when I pressed the gas, it only revved and never moved.
After sitting on the highway for about 45 mins, the cops were able to get a tow truck to give it a push and somehow the car was able to pretty much drive to the next exit about 1/2 mile by itself so I am thinking that the car may have been overheated.I spoke to a local mechanic in the Bronx right at the exit that I came off and he told me that the transmission needs to be rebuilt. However, I am thinking that given the circumstances of the car's damage, this is more of an electrical problem. Please advise. Thanks!
Monday, July 30th, 2007 AT 6:53 AM