I had that happen to me. It had a bad sensor in the transmission causing the service engine soon light to come on. And every time the light came on the car would shift really hard (even while driving) They tried to replace the sensor but couldn't. Turns out they had to replace the transmission. It was a $1300 job, luckily the transmission was still under warranty.
the linkage on this car needs to be lubed often wd-40 works realley well. it was not the tranny.Best_My 1996 Olds Aurora had a very similar, if not the same problem.Separating a connector in the area that is directly beneath where the ash tray is, solves the problem.Disassemble the center console by removing the 4 screws in the center console ash tray, removing the 4 screws on the top of the glove box and one screw on the driver side inside the glove box bottom, and the circlip on the front side of the shifter grip, (use a narrow screw driver to pry out) and lift the shift off the stem and disconnect the Trans Power connector. Remove the face plate around the radio and forward air ducts. The entire center console lifts out enough to separate the electronic connection closest to the driver side central console.
With the key turned on, (do not start the engine) the shifter should now release from being locked in Park and permits the shifter to be moved to a drive gear allowing the wood grain console/ash tray and glove box to pop out and away. Identify the connector under the ash tray area and separate. Finally tape, or zip Tie it off.
Put everything back together. Not as hard as you think, be sure to reattach the electronic connection closest to the driver side central console, and snap all the pieces back into place, replace all screws, reconnect the Trans power connector and reattach inside the shifter grip. The shifter is not seated until the circlip is reinserted correctly.
Congratulations, you will no longer need to step on the brake or wrestle the shifter to get it in gear.or get the car out of Park, and manual shifting will be smooth and effortless.. (Note: The vehicle Park/Lock safety feature is being bypassed and is not to be considered child safe with the engine running.)
check fluid in tranie....and LUCAS tranie lube
car will jerk forward and then go in reverse
The increased idle when started is normal, all properly working cars that aren't ancient will do it. As far as the hard shift goes, your tranny.
are you pressing the brake as you try to shift?
does it shift into reverse and wont drive? if so its your tranny it needs to be replaced
I had a similar problem where it would shift into reverse or drive but not go immediately. Or sometimes it would drop out of gear and you'd have to rev up to get it to fall back into gear. i replaced the transmission filter and it fixed the problem.
Generally shifting from reverse to drive, while still rolling, is possible but not recommended. This places a lot of stress on the transmission and other components of the drive train.
Park, reverse, neutral, Drive and low
Not sure of the question, but if your car is less than 7 yrs old, apply the brake first, then you can move the shift selector.
Sounds like a torque converter lock up solenoid.
my 2002 ford escape sensor is misfiring and it won't shift into drive
Short circuit somewhere in the reverse-light or even the reverse switch itself. Other causes are also possible.
Shift it on 2H, then "REVERSE" for about 10 to 15 Feet....
Shift linkage broken or misadjusted?
sounds like the auto transmission has a fault
I am the owner of a 94 cutlass and it will not shift in reverse ,it will however shift into drive if i rock the car....can you tell me whats wrong or how to fix it please..my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Mis adjusted shift linkage, internal failure
You have to take it to a shop because you cant get to it and you need certain tools.
i have a 92 s-10 blazer and it has no reverse Andy ideas?. it will go in to drive and shift in to all the gears..but will no go into reverse? can u help me
shift to nutral,then move lever to reverse
check your cross member on the gear selector it sometimes pops off
Check the fluid level. If the fluid level is OK, put the van in reverse on a parking lot and drive it around in reverse. Then try it to see if it will shift into 2nd. If it does shift then, it may be just a clogged filter. If it still will not shift into 2nd you may have to take it over to Cottman and have them check it out.
Check to make that the brake lights are working - shift interlock is in the same circuit - could ba a bad fuse. You can try turning the key (with engine off) o to the first position (Unlock) shift to neutral to start vehicle and then shift to "Drive or Reverse"
check the transaxle range switch and positioning....the holes should line up in neutral