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?

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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

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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.

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Mine is doing the same but I have an automatic

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