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Why would a car stall in drive but not in reverse?

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2011-03-26 21:01:56
2011-03-26 21:01:56

Because reverse is a lower ratio gear than drive and puts less load on the engine.

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How would you get your car in and out of your driveway? How would you get out of a parking stall unless you pulled through and there was no curb or car blocking you? It is not uncommon to find yourself in a tight area where all you can do is reverse to get out while driving. I would say it is not safe.


A car might stall when shifting from park to reverse if the idle is set too low. It is also possible that the engine stalls because it is not fully warmed up before shifting from park to reverse.


If you mean each time you engage car in any gear forward or reverse & it immediately stalls - you have a bad torque converter. Start engine, put foot on brake, put car in NEUTRAL, if it DOES NOT stall, but it does stall if you repeat this test when you put car in drive or reverse = bad torque converter - It's called a "stall test"



I really doubt it's the tranny making your car stall, it's either carburetor problems or the idle is set too low.


There are several reasons that a car may stall only in reverse, the best way to narrow down the issue is to use a diagnostic tool. The diagnostic tool will show which sensors on the transmission may be malfunctioning enough to stall the engine.


if you have a cracked distributor cap then water would get inside it and make your car stall.


because your a failure and you obviously can't drive!


I'm no mechanic, BUT that happened on my Taurus when the fuel pump was not functioning properly. Best to take it in.


because if you stop immediately then the car will stall.



What car is it? what year? is it a diesel or petrol? could be you r base idle?? but need know more info..... does it stall in drive with foot on brake? does it rev high?my car is a 07 Chevrolet Colorado,standar


yes a bad converter will make car stall


check the idle speed with the car in gear, if it has a tac on the dash it should idle in gear at about 700 rpm if its too low the car will vibrate or stall.




what is the problem when the car will not go in drive or reverse? and the transmission fluid is still full



This happened to me on a 1986 cutlass 2.5. A wire was shorting out going to the map sensor and only did it in reverse. The bracket on the alternator had rubbed a hole and only grounded when the motor moved, when placed in reverse. I fixed it temporary with electrical tape.


It probably needs a new set of spark plug wires.


u got problems take it to a mechanic


your transmission needs repaired


who would buy a $1.7M car that doesn't reverse


AC runs on the battery. If the car is off and you run the AC, then start the car, it will stall.


There would be a spark plug loose n it wiggled and it got back into place and started back up



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