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Why Does My Car Lag When Shifting into the Reverse Gear?

Both manual and automatic transmission vehicles shift gears frequently during operation. Constant shifting can put strain on your vehicle, which may manifest in the form of a delay or lag of a few seconds when putting the vehicle in reverse. If you have noticed that your reverse gear has become sluggish, unresponsive or delayed, there is a chance your car may need transmission work. Transmission problems are not an uncommon vehicular problem, and it is important to address them promptly to keep them from becoming a serious hazard on the road.

Learn What You Can About the Lag When Shifting

When you first notice a delay when shifting your vehicle into reverse, gather as much information as you can. While our technicians will thoroughly troubleshoot your problem when you bring your vehicle in to the shop, it is often helpful to provide additional information about the problem. You may want to note whether the delay is more pronounced when you first start the vehicle or after it has been running for a while, or whether the reaction occurs during hotter or colder weather.

Identifying the Issue

In some cases, delay when putting the vehicle in reverse is caused by a problem with the transmission’s valve body. However, lag can also be caused by computer problems, such as a faulty shift solenoid. This is why it’s generally a good idea to have your vehicle serviced professionally rather than trying to address the problem yourself.

Do’s and Don’ts

When you first notice a delay putting your vehicle in reverse, it can be difficult to get your vehicle serviced right away. However, it is important not to further damage your transmission by mishandling your vehicle.

Avoid revving the engine in an attempt to force the vehicle to work. This can actually compound the damage and make it more difficult to repair. You may want to check to see if your transmission fluid levels are adequate. Topping off your transmission fluid can often be a temporary fix for this type of problem.

Sun Auto Service technicians are experienced in dealing with transmission problems. As soon as you identify the issue, trust your car or truck to us. We’ll be able to get you back on the road promptly and for a fair price.