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Morning, I have a 1995 6 cylinder Grand Am.. While driving home from work on the interstate the car quit going forward. Engine and power steering still working.  Engine did not rev up at all. Got to the side of the highway, tried reverse. Nothing.  Its the weirdest thing.  Car engine runs fine, but I have no forward or backwards. What can it be?  I have 219,000 miles on it.
Thank you!  I love my car!!!

Hi Carolyn:

I'll assume this is a 3 speed transmission? soulds like the direct clutches went bad that is used for drive/revers in that transmission or the torque converter broke that is waht couples the engine to the transmission. only other thing would be a gross fluid loss of some sort like a transmission cooler line let go something like that and there would be a puddle of fluid under the car.  either way it will have to be take out of the car to see what happened. with it being a 20 year old car with 200K on the odometer you need to decide if the car is worth an expensive repair. it's not going to be a quick easy fix. good luck :-)

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General auto repair,electrical issues,driveability issues,anti-lock brakes,SIR systems,HVAC,engine performance,Gm specific. I have worked at my current dealership since the 1990 model year anything much older than that I have limited exposure to. I do not have very much transmission experience so those question you may want to ask of another expert. When you send me a question let me know the exact make/model/engine and year for the car or suv you have it makes it easier to answer the questions that way. If your happy with the answer I gave you please feel free to Donate. This is a free service to you and I am not compensated at all by this web site. I have 22 years of experience to share with you and my knowledge wasn't free to me. I had to pay for my education.


Experience in the area: I have been a technician in GM dealerships for over 22 years and I am a ASE master technician. I work at a Buick and GMC truck store Previously I worked at a Pontiac GMC store for 18 years. I Served a a lead technician when dealership was on a team system. I just recently moved to a Buick,Hummer,Saab Store when my franchise was purchased by this dealership. Organizations: ASE master technician


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