Question about 2007 Mazda 3
My girlfriends Mazda 3 shifter started locking up when she starts the car.
It wont change out of park. It started about 2 wks ago and has become more frequent.I found that there is what seems to be a reset switch on the right side of the shifter housing ( plastic P.O.S.) If you pull it up and push it back in it unlocks the shifter. But she says now that has stopped working and has a heck of a time trying to reset it at all. The dealer says it needs all new shifter for 700$$. I say yeah right. Theres gotta be some dinky sensor that I can replace. Anybody got an idea?
You might want to try spraying a lubricant down in the shifter lever surround itself...sometimes when soda or other sugary drinks get spilled in that area, the release mechanism gets gummed up, not allowing the catch to release properly...try some WD40 or some other pennetrating spray oil.
Spray it into every crack and crevice around the shifter, and all of the plastic parts too. Wipe off the excess and allow it about 20 minutes to penetrate deep into the parts of the shifter. Put your key into the ignition and WITHOUT STARTING THE CAR AND YOUR FOOT ON THE BRAKES, keep sliding the shifter into every gear over and over again. Try this first in order to see if this fixes the problem...if this doesn't do it, you may need to invest some $$$ to have it looked at. I know this sounds simple, but it could save you some serious money if this fixes your problem.
Posted on Feb 12, 2009
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