My car will shift into gear but won't drive, what's wrong?


Asked by Sep 23, 2013 at 03:47 PM about the 2004 Nissan Altima 2.5 S

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My car will shift into gear but won't drive, what's wrong?

4 Answers

Mick Stewart

If its an auto, check the oil level in the gearbox. If the gearbox is low on oil it can cause the torque converter to stop working. Seeing as a torque converter is the equivalent of a clutch in a manual car if it stops working you get no drive. Which brings us nicely to the next suggestion, if It's got a manual gearbox the clutch may be dead.

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Wha if the oil level is not low

Mick Stewart

Take your pick. Could be anything from a dead gearbox to a dead differential. Or it could be as simple as a broken drive coupling on the propeller shaft or a broken drive shaft. There's a few different possibilities.


Mine is doing the same but I have an automatic

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