My Car Jerks When I Put It In Reverse

March 9, 2024

My Car Jerks When I Put It In Reverse

If your car jerks when shifting into reverse, it can be dangerous to the driver. Whether the problem is minor and only feels like a push backward or severe and causes your body weight to shift or sway in your seat, it's important to get the issue resolved quickly to prevent further damage and costly repairs.

When a vehicle jerks when shifting into reverse, the severity of the problem determines the cost of repair. The fix can range from a simple fluid refresh to a complete transmission or drivetrain overhaul. If left unchecked, a vehicle that jerks when shifting into reverse can cause serious damage to the transmission, engine, suspension, or driveline.

The most common cause of a car jerking when shifting into reverse is low transmission fluid. The fluid cleans, cools, and lubricates the transmission's components. Without enough of it, gear changes feel rough and grindy. A faulty transmission sensor, torque converter solenoid, or shift solenoid can disrupt the flow of transmission fluid and cause issues with clutch engagement. A bad motor mount can allow excess vibration, and a sticking throttle valve maintains excessive engine RPM. A torn CV joint allows water, dirt, and grit to enter the intricate joint and wear down surfaces.

If your car's jerking is minor, a fluid flush or simple diagnostic work should solve the issue. However, if your car jerks so severely that you can't drive the vehicle safely, a mechanic will need to diagnose the problem and locate the source of the jerking.


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