You probably have a bad torque converter, every time you engage a moving gear, your torque converter is supposed to "free spin" the transmission when the engine is at idle. It doens't sound like it is doing its job.
Could be a problem with your torque converter
we had a 2004 ford an the torque converter was bad and what it did was not shift down in geers it would go strait from drive down to first so we repleace the converter and now it works find.4.24.11For further explanation and more symptoms of how to tell if a torque converter is bad follow this link on Ehow.com: http://www.ehow.com/how_5197449_tell-torque-converter-bad.html
Inbetween the engine and transmission, located in the bell housing. To access it, you will need to drop the drive shaft and pull the transmission out. The torque converter will come out with the transmission.
If the torque converter is slipping your engine will start to stall and cut out eventually you will be driving and the car will rev in the drive position as if it is in neutral go to a transmission shop and get the tech to test drive your car.
You have to turn the torque converter back and forth while pushing in on it. The last thing to engage is the front pump drive lugs. This has to be done before installing the transmission in the car (or bolting it to the engine block) -- the transmission and torque converter are installed as one single assembly after the torque converter is installed into the transmission.
torque converter lock out engaged.
It could, yes.
It can be the lock up on the torque converter not functioning properly. It can also be low of fluid. Check the transmission fluid level. If the fluid level is good, you need to seek professional help.
This was a common problem on mid to late 80s' GM cars...The torque converter lock up clutch does not disengage and when you put the gearselector into drive the Torque converter clutch stops the motor. The test for this problem is to put the drive wheels up in the air-put the car in gear and see if the motor kills. If not then the Torque converter clutch is stuck.. The simplest repair is to unplug the Torque converter plug on the outside of the transmission then the Torque converter clutch will usually disengage. If you could tell me what make/model/year and motor that you have i can be more specific. Hope that helps.. Good luck.
I would suspect torque converter trouble.
I have a Mazda protege 1996 that is parked because it will not go into drive but the engine starts?
a major part of an automatic transmission... A torque converter is what couples the engine to the transmission. It acts a little bit like a clutch and allow the engine to drive the transmission. At slow engine speeds, like at idle, it slips so the engine will not stall while the transmission is in gear. As engine speed (RPM) increases it allows the engine to drive the transmission. This is just the basic idea of what a torque converter does.
I was told by my mechanic that the transmission hesitating after putting it in drive after reversing is a sign of the transmisison dying. ---------- Check transmission fluid. When the fluid is low there is not enough in the torque converter, so when you go to reverse or drive you have to rev the engine before it moves to compensate for less fluid in the torque converter.
I have been told that is a sign of a problem with your torque converter.
bad torque converter in trans
If it jerks then dies, it could be the lockup torque converter is stuck and whenever you put it in drive it's "direct drive" without the advantage of a torque converter. That only applies if the engine is running well and there are no other symptoms. As always, check for a computer diagnostic code using a code scanner.
Lock up torque converter prolem.
you have a problem in your torque converter or transmission pump
Probably because the torque converter lock-up clutch is failing to release.
you could be running low on transmission fluid, or your torque converter could be going out
Check TORQUE CONVERTER
The 2007 Toyota Corolla has front wheel drive.