Question about 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier

3 Answers

My 98 cavalier manual stick shift will not go to reverse gear

My car, a 98 cavaier 5 speed manual transmission (stick shift), is not able to shift to reverse gear and I can only drive it with 3rd and 4th gear. This mornig I noticed the stick jumped out of 5th gear by itself while I was driving on the highway. then shortly after that i noticed the stick itself was loose while it was in neutral, more than usual. please help!!

Posted by on

  • 1 more comment 
  • cebo133 Jul 08, 2009

    I am driving my car with only 2 speed and it has 5 and also it would not go reverse. I hopped the problem was simple, maybe a linkage can undone or loose. Now that I read your profesional opinion about my car rpoblem I feel more troubled. It is very hard to find a garage that will do a good job on transmision.
    I friend of my is currently going thru trans problems himself. He took his 01 rodeo to a trnasmission garage to have it rebuilt on February and got it back 4 days later. And since then the rodeo have been back the the same garage place 5 times for the same proble. You could see now how skepticle I oath to be to take my car to a transmission place.
    Thank you for your quick response.

  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    Trans needs to be removed and taken apart to find what's damaged...the more you drive it the more damage you will do.

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    my 95 corolla doesn't seem to shift into fourth gear and sounds like the rpms are really high at highway speed. please help

×

Ad

3 Answers

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Vice President:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 100 times.

  • Master
  • 634 Answers

Sounds like the shifter linkage has worn and not working properly need to lift in air and inspect the linkage

Posted on Jul 08, 2009

Ad
  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Vice President:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 100 times.

  • Master
  • 585 Answers

I seriously doubt that the problem is in the transmission. The linkage is at fault, a retaining clip has probably went bye-bye preventing the linkage cables from doing their job. Your best bet is a GM dealer with factory trained techs. They will have the parts on hand too.

Posted on Jul 23, 2009

Ad
  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

    New Friend:

    An expert that has 1 follower.

  • Contributor
  • 6 Answers

I'd say it could be just an old worn down shifter. Mine was bad too on my 01 cavalier 5 spd. It was so bad that when I shifted to 5th it seemed like a was reaching for the glove box. I put a new short throw shifter in and problem solved.

Posted on Feb 07, 2015

1 Suggested Answer

6ya6ya

6ya staff

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE:

Hi there,
Save hours of searching online or wasting money on unnecessary repairs by talking to a 6YA Expert who can help you resolve this issue over the phone in a minute or two.

Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.

Here's a link to this great service

Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

How to fix ram 1500 2005 transmission that sometimes gets stuck in 3rd gear. from start to finish truck will stay in 3rd gear.


When did you last replace trans filter and fluid? Dirt may be causing shift valve to stick.

Dec 28, 2014 | 2005 Dodge Ram 1500

1 Answer

2003 Grand Am Automatic will shift normal from 1-2 but will not shift into 3 or 4.


Worn clutches or solenoid issues if it is an Alison style box.

Apr 02, 2017 | Pontiac Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

2003 chevrolet cavalier, manual transmission lost 2nd, 4th and reverse but still has 1st, 3rd and 5th gears.


Sounds like one of the levers inside the transmission is either broken or otherwise disengaged. Remove the shifter to see if you can see any obvious reason.

Aug 25, 2012 | 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier

1 Answer

98 Explorer Sport 4.0 OHV 5sp Manual won't shift into any gear without force


You maybe low on clutch fluid. (possible leak)
Check fluid level, if low add more and pump the clutch.

Nov 23, 2011 | Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

Only runs in 1st and 2nd gear and reverse.


This is a fault mode in which the transmission either loses electrical power or the PCM deactivates all of the electronics. The transmission will default to max line pressure. The driver will have Reverse and 3rd, with manual 2nd available by putting the gearshift in 2 or 1 (doesn't matter). 1st, 4th, and TCC lockup will not be available. It will not hurt the car to drive it like this for short periods, but use manual 2nd to get the car moving, and be aware that the trans will generate more heat than normal while operating in limp-home mode due to increased torque converter slippage during 2nd gear starts and no lockup in 3rd gear.

Trans shifts into gear harshly, car feels sluggish off the line
, No 1st, 4th or TCC lockup available, Manual 2nd, 3rd and Reverse are only available gears, CEL is on: Transmission is either in limp-home mode or has lost electrical power. If there are lots of error codes in the PCM, check the under hood fuse that powers the transmission, and if it pops again, look for a short in that circuit like an O2 sensor harness touching exhaust. Otherwise, check PCM codes for a particular fault in the transmission causing the PCM to put it in limp-home mode.

No 1st or 4th available; trans shifts 2nd to 3rd by itself in D or OD and locks the converter : ShiftA solenoid failed. Easy fix in the pan. Or a wiring problem from PCM to trans.. or PCM.

Car goes into gear but feels very sluggish like the brakes are dragging, but it will roll easily (starts out in 4th gear), you manually shift to 2 to get it moving, once it's moving you put it back in OD and the car shifts 3rd to 4th on its own and locks the converter at the appropriate time: ShiftB solenoid failed: Easy fix in the pan. Or a wiring problem from PCM to trans.. or PCM.

Dec 14, 2009 | 2006 Hummer H3

1 Answer

92 chevy s10 4x4 4.3L manual transmission no 3rd gear


Hi:

Your transmission has 3 shift rails...
1st - 2nd
3rd -4th
5th- Reverse

If your 3rd gear doesn't work , you have an internal transmission problem, such as a syncronizer, or similar fail... There is not much you can fix, without removeing the transmission.

Nov 30, 2009 | 1992 Chevrolet S-10

1 Answer

4L 60E - 2001 k1500 will not shift into 3-4. Oil is not burn't and stifts great into1-2


  • No 3rd or 4th gear: “3-4” clutches are worn out. R&R. The car is safe to drive (in 2) until you can get it fixed.
  • Trans shifts into gear harshly, car feels sluggish off the line, No 1st, 4th or TCC lockup available, Manual 2nd, 3rd and Reverse are only available gears, CEL is on: Transmission is either in limp-home mode or has lost electrical power. If there are lots of error codes in the PCM, check the under hood fuse that powers the transmission, and if it pops again, look for a short in that circuit like an O2 sensor harness touching exhaust. Otherwise, check PCM codes for a particular fault in the transmission causing the PCM to put it in limp-home mode.
  • No 1st or 4th available; trans shifts 2nd to 3rd by itself in D or OD and locks the converter : Shift A solenoid failed. Easy fix in the pan. Or a wiring problem from PCM to trans.. or PCM.
Check to see if your transmission is in the limp mode, which would only give you 2nd, 3rd and reverse gears. No 1st or 4th gear.

Nov 19, 2009 | 2003 GMC Sierra 1500

2 Answers

95 GMC Sierra 4L60E will not shift down to 1st or up to 4th.


no power stuck in 3rd gear electric shop unless youve burnt it up good luck...www.TransmissionGarage.com

Jan 28, 2009 | 1995 GMC Sierra

Not finding what you are looking for?
1996 Chevrolet Cavalier Logo

1,519 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Chevrolet Experts

Marvin
Marvin

Level 3 Expert

85223 Answers

Jonah Oneal

Level 3 Expert

14092 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22485 Answers

Are you a Chevrolet Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...