Why does my car jerk when I put it in reverse?

Whenever I switch my Jeep into reverse, the whole car jerks. What’s up with that? Why does my car jerk when I put it in reverse?

Nick Kunze · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
A car that jerks when you put it in reverse is not the behavior of a healthy car. The issue may be with your transmission, although there are multiple possible culprits.
Here are a few possible reasons your car is jerking when put in reverse:
  • Transmission issues
  • Worn gears
  • Electrical malfunctions
  • Suspension issues
You should head to a mechanic to get this issue sorted out.
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