Why Is Automatic Transmission Stuck In First Gear?

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James FitzGerald Profile
There are some cars that get stuck in this gear, as a first port of call you should check the engine fluid and see if it not blocked.

Other vehicles can experience from time to time some sort of 'limp in' mode but this is only when you have a real fault with the transmission area. 

If you feel that the engine fluid is down or there are lights on in your vehicle telling you need a service, then you should drive the car slowly to your local garage in order for it to be checked.

It could mean that your vehicle is in need of a thorough service and it is advisable to visit your local garage before you risk even more damage to the vehicle.

Check for a number of things including the engine light or the speed sensor. If these are both flashing then that is an issue. If only one of these lights is flashing then either way you will need to take it for an investigation.

While you are at the garage you should ask the mechanics to check on your vehicle accordingly regardless of whether you have a transmission fault or not. They will have the opportunity once your vehicle is in their care to assess different systems.

This can be anything from the brakes and tyres to the engine, brake fluid and gear stick. It could mean that there is an internal problem which might mean more investigations or it could mean that the transmission has gone completely and you will need to replace the gear stick. In most case the mechanics are trained experts and therefore will be able to deal with why it is sticking.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
My automatic 96 chevy monte carlo is giving me trouble trying to put the gear shift from drive to park, its hard to move and won't stay in park.  What is causing this???
Larry Patterson Profile
Larry Patterson answered
Some vehicles  (Chrysler I had) go into "limp in" mode when a serious problem is detected in the transmission.  The purpose is that the car can be driven slowly to arrange for service but not fast enough to cause further damage.  That is prob not the problem, just a "could be".
EUGENE LAZERNICK Profile
Hello  , since you say you had recent service done  you should always take it back to the same place  so they can correct the problem since  that is where the problem originated from, most service places  can understand   if they over adjusted something or lost a proverbial wrench in the soup . So good luck and stand up for your service you deserve it.
Steve Profile
Steve answered
Need to know what year make and model your vehicle in order to help you. Engine size would be a plus too.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
My car is a 99 plymouth breeze. The odometer doesn't work and it is stuck in first gear. The check engine light is on also. I checked the fluid levels and they are ok. What might be the problem

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