Car is going backwards on incline when in Drive.

rvtheresarvtheresa Member Posts: 1
edited February 2016 in Saturn
I just bought this car and if I am on a incline and take my foot off the gas it rolls backward as if it a Manual transmission and it is not. Anyone have any ideas of what is wrong? I am being told this is normal because of low rpms. Thanks Theresa


  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Member Posts: 64,481
    It's probably normal, yes. The torque converter just isn't moving fast enough to energize the transmission impeller. It's like two fans facing each other, with both fans submerged in oil. If one fan spins fast enough, it turns the other fan facing it. Then you creep forward. If the one fan isn't turning fast enough, or the car is on an incline, the car might very well slip backwards.
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