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What is causing my 2006 Holden Barina to select a gear but not move?

Asked by Raheel

I have an '06 Holden Barina and it suddenly stopped accelerating. The gearbox did select Drive and Reverse, but the car didn’t move in any direction.

Answered by CarsGuide

16 Sep 2020 David Morley

Short of an utter mechanical failure such as a broken driveshaft or snapped gearbox input shaft, I’d say your automatic transmission is at fault. If you can feel the gears being selected (which you say you can) that’s a good start, but if there’s no movement form the car when you apply the throttle, then you could be dealing with anything from a broken gearbox or differential to a simple case of low transmission-fluid level.

Check the owner’s manual for the correct procedure for checking the fluid level and give it a try. If the level’s low, drive can certainly be affected and a top-up might put things right. Beyond that, you need to let a mechanic look at the car.

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