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Astro van won't shift into gear

My van wouldn't shift from park into gear in the parking lot at work. I had to have it towed. They replace the switch that is spring-loaded to the brake pedal. When you press down on the pedal, that switch pops out and allows you to shift gears. In this case, the spring didn't release so the van wouldn't shift out of park. They replaced the part but I still had the same problem (did they really replace it?). I took the part out, sprayed with WD40 and it's been working great for years.

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Went to start my car, wouldn't start, key was stuck, wouldn't shift, battery wasn't working, heard a clicking noise in the door, radio flashed once, console light up several times. Help! Had to call AAA for a tow!


The most commonly diagnosed component is the shifter and/or shifter solenoid on your Impala.
GM issued a bulletin on this problem. Contact your dealer, they are aware of the problem and you could be covered under warranty. Below is a copy of the bulletin.

#08-07-30-007A: EI08045 - Key Cannot be Removed from Ignition with Gear Selector in Park, Shifter Cannot be Moved From Park Position (Engineering Information) - (Apr 8, 2008)
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Subject: EI08045 -- Key Cannot Be Removed from Ignition with Gear Selector in Park, Shifter Cannot Be Moved From Park Position (Engineering Information)

Models: 2007-2008 Chevrolet Impala
Good luck, i hope this helps.

Jun 28, 2011 | 2008 Chevrolet Impala

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Shifter stuck in park!


you have to take off the plastic all around the gear shifter. You can wedge a screw driver carefully around the edges and pry the plastic off then there is a screw on the shifter take that off and slide the top off and then take off the rubber until the whole shifter is exposed then you will see in the cavity on the right side a little metal round tab on a spring that you have to push in with a screw driver and it will release the shifter. Good luck

Jan 19, 2009 | 2007 Chevrolet Impala LS Sedan New Cars

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dodge magnum gear shift


I had the same problem. The interlock was not the problem. I had the shifter replaced (at my own expense because drive train warranty would not cover). After examining the old shifter discovered source of problem is a plastic cam on the front of ths shifter. A tiny PLASTIC ear which connects to a small spring had broken off. I repaired this by putting in a small screw where the ear had been. Incidentally, my tow truck driver had also seen the same problem on several Chrysler 300s. In my estimation this is a poor design on Chrysler's part.

Jun 27, 2008 | 2005 Dodge Magnum

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