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1997 Pontiac Sunfire (automatic) transaxle

While parking my car at the store, I thought I shifted my car from Drive to Park. But for whatever reason, I shifted it only in Reverse. As my car started to drift backward out of the parking stall, I made a horrible mistake by shifting the car into Park when my foot wasn't on the brake. When I tried to restart the car after shopping, nothing happened. My manual said I screwed up the transaxle. Two questions: 1. Is the manual correct? 2. If so, how much should I expect in repair costs?

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  • Robert Baran
    Robert Baran Sep 13, 2008

    Wascally2004, thank you so much. The car started after I moved the shifter back and forth and back to Park. It stalled out at first, but after I carefully backed the car out of the stall with one foot on the brake and one foot on the accelerator, the car got over its initial jitters. I took my car out for a street test and the Sunfire rode fine. I then parked it and let it sit for two minutes. Upon restart, the car had a normal ignition with no stall and it passed the second street test with flying colors. Now I have to go to the dealer to get the code to unlock the stereo/clock, but what is a Sunfire if not needless aggravation like that?  : )


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I do not know what you are looking at in the manual, but you probably heard a horrible noise when you put it into park, as the parking pawl tries to hold the car in place. Thist usually does not harm the transaxle. If the engine won't start then something else happened, perhaps the neutral safety switch was damaged or knocked out of adjustment. You might try to move the shifter back and forth and then back into park and then try to restart. If that doesn't work try to put the car in neutral to start. If you must have the car towed somewhere the repair should not be expensive, just have them reset the neutral safety switch.

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