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2002 kia optima Runs fine when not in gear. Problem started

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2002 kia optima
Runs fine when not in gear.
Problem started after it rear ended a car in front it
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Kia
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 10 months ago.

Hello and welcome to JustAnswer!

I see that you mentioned it runs fine when not in gear but an actual problem description wasn't posted. I suspect the problem may be that the engine is dying when put in gear, which is often caused by the torque converter clutch coming on. This could be a solenoid or converter issue but I've seen cases of a restricted transmission cooler causing it, it's possible that the problem could be accident related if that's what you're experiencing.

Does the engine die abruptly when put into gear?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
No, occasionally runs fine but most of the time it really struggles to go. Does not die when put into gear. I noticed the motor moves a couple of inches when it is put in gear Like possibly a. Broken motor mount
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 10 months ago.

Have you checked for fault codes?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
No, check engine light isn't on
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 10 months ago.

Do you have a code reader or scan tool?