Car starts I press the brake but the shift is locked in park.car n garage on flat surface.
I have a 1997 dodge Neon 2.0 liter Automatic transmission. When I started the car this morning , all was fine . When I put car in Reverse it would not move, tried Drive and would not move. Put the car in neutral and could not even push it . The gear shift lever moved easier than it did before I think. I checked fluid, checked axle, was not broken. Can you Please Help.?
I had the same problem, if you rev the car up would finally clunk and go into gear. I took it in for a transmission flush. The checked to make sure no metal in the fluid, and put new stuff in been working like a charm ever since
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Re: cant get shift out of park
It sounds much like failed linkage which is better than about anything else you checked.
I recommend procuring a Haynes or Chilton manual for your car.
It will not only help you locate the source of your current misery but serve you well in the future too.
They are available at about any auto parts store for ~$20 US
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I would start with checking the fluid level in the transmission.
With the vehicle on a level surface start it and let it run in park. Pull the transmission dipstick wipe it clean, reinsert and pull it out. If the fluid is not in the cross hatch area add 1/2 quart of ATF+4 and recheck the fluid level (it will take a couple of minutes for the fluid to settle out of the dipstick tube). Continue adding 1/2 quart at a time until the level is in the cross hatch area.
With your foot on the brake run the transmission through all the gears. place the transmission in park and recheck the level, adding as necessary.
sounds like the brake shift interlock is not working. you need to press down on the brake to be able to move the shifter out of park. if that system is defective, it wont let you shift out of park. look at the center console 9if it has one) is there a slot that looks like you could slide your ignition key into? if there is try inserting your key into this slot and with your foot on the brake move the shifter into neutral. put the key in the ignition and it should now be able to start and shift into drive and reverse. but if you go back to park it will lock up again. i would bring it to the garage for a repair of this system (may need adjusting, may need replacing, but they would be able to diagnose and repair)
the shift-lock release mechanism must be wired in with the tail lights. if you unplug the neon light and replace the fuse does it work? if so there's a short in the light assy. somewhere, if not there's a short somewhere else.
when you press the brake it activates the shift lock in the console beside the shifter this is a very common problem with altima's you need to check and see if they have a recall on the shift lock system
the shiter interlock has broken at the shifter...pull the cover from the shifter and locate the then wire at the front left side of the assembly...start the vehicle...apply foot brake,,,push rearward on the plastic piece the cable attaches to at th shifter...and pull into gear.
this not a repair...the only true fix is to replace the shifter assembly