Please don't break, old beat-up car
February 3, 2012 10:07 AM Subscribe
My car gave a big "kick" while accelerating. Is my transmission about to die?
posted by lewedswiver to Travel & Transportation (16 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
2001 Nissan Altima. Automatic transmission. 148,000+ miles. I bought it a year ago with about 137,000+ miles on it... I'm assuming it had the original transmission. Three times in the past month the following has happened:
I've either rolled to a near-stop or started from a total stop and then hit the gas... but the car didn't accelerate, so my split-second reaction is to hit the gas harder, and it still doesn't go forward, while I hear a sound of the engine revving (this is all happening is such a short time frame that I think this is what's happening -- I haven't seen the tachometer)... Then, all of a sudden -- there's a "kick" and everything all comes into place and the car jerks forward.
I know very little about cars, but my uninformed impression is that the car has fallen down to the lowest gear while breaking, and then when I hit the gas the gears don't really catch for a second or two, until they do. This feels rather irregular to me -- and violent, too, as if the transmission is rather messed up and could in due course break entirely. (If that does happen, it would probably mean having to get another car... which is not quite in the cards right now, financially. So I'm worried.)
Any idea what is happening here? Is the transmission in risk of breaking outright soon? Is there anything I could do to stave off this possibility?