What could be a problem that causes my car to jerk bad when changing gears?
Normally it changes gears very smoothly on a straight line, but in a sharp turn it jerks bad when changing 1st gear to 2nd gear.
It only jerk one time (like the wheels suddenly locked) at the moment the gear changed.
Only in sharp turns people, especially if i keep pressing on the gas petal.
I can avoid this by turning the car slow. Accelerate the car out of a corner using 1st gear only.
I already changed the transmission fluid, and filter last year. but this happened long before that and it's still now. I should have fixed this a long time ago. The transmission could go out anytime soon.
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low fluid will do that or pressure loss, like from a cracked line. But this is a pretty bulletproof tranny they can take a beating. Can you smell the fluid on the dipstick and see if it's close to a burnt smell? Anytime there's slipping the clutch bands are on their last leg, but the good thing is the rebuild is cheap if you can pull the trans on your own, clean it good (degreased) and take it to a reliable shop. But calling around 1st is better then just showing up
The only things that may change when turning really are the CV axles and the differential. Other than those things I can't think of many other things..
Unless turning has no effect on shifting which you're saying it does.
Before, I kept thinking it's the transmission that caused the car to shift hard like that, because that happened when it shifted gears.
Thanks to you, now I think again. I think it's very possible the differential caused that to happen.
I will do more research on the differential to know for sure.
We haven't changed the fluid for the differential since we bought the car at 30,000 miles on the odometer reader. The car is now read 70,000-75,000 miles. The previous owner probably didn't change the fluid for it either. On the manual book, it suggest to change differential fluid every 30,000 or 45,000 miles if I remember.
I will change the fluid for the differential when I have times. Hopefully that will fix it. If not, it could be the gears in there.
Thank you all for your helps.
If you have other suggestions, please let me know.