My Daughter is having trouble getting the car out of park and neutral. I am guessing it has something to do with the brake depress. Is there a swith or sensor and what is it called? Thank You so much for any help. A concerned Dad
Yeah there's a switch, and it's probably bad. It's there to keep daddy's little girl from blowing up the transmission while doing a movie style 180....okay maybe not that extreme but it does save you from making the transmission trying to instantly reverse direction mid-rotation, which makes things go "kerplunk" in the car and then words that are four letters long come out your mouth.
If it isn't that (and I would really reccomend taking it into a professional tech to check) then it might be that your car's reading engine idle too high, another nifty little safety feature on new cars to keep teens from doing what we always did - peel out. Thereby reducing costly repairs of the transmission, replacement of tires, and tickets.
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My guess is if nothing is happening, the cutoff switch that connects to the clutch (must depress the clutch when starting) doesn't function. If it is an automatic, then the neutral safety switch may also cancel the connection to be able to start it. Try depressing the brake, shifting into neutral after securing the parking brake and see if that changes anything. Else, perhaps the batteries are discharged, or even the starter does not function.
There is something wrong with your car's electronic systems. Driving with the brakes on may have caused excessive heat and maybe this lead to a malfunction on some of the wires and/or sensors -brake pads may have gone too-. Have your car checked for OBD-II codes which will help you pinpoint your problem.
Check the brake pedal position sensor to see if it is lose or malfunctioning. Most late model cars will not allow you to move the gear shifter out of park unless the Brake Pedal is depressed and you are pushing a release button on the shifter. An emergency bypass on some cars will allow you to shift from park to Neutral with the CAR TURNED OFF and the key just turned to on. Try that also and if it allows you to move to Neutral you can start in neutral and then with brake held in you can shift back to Drive. If this doesn't work you may have an antitheft interlock preventing you from operating the shift lever or some linkage to release the shifter may have broken or come lose from a connector.
start by putting trans in nutral (with e brake on) than turn the key just short of turning on the ing press the brake andyou will need to grabe the shifter with the right hand and the key with the left hand now turn key just enough to move shifter slightly out of nutral right between nutral and drive it might a couple of trys but you will get it.
To get the car out of park you have to put the shifter right in between neutral and drive and as soon as the car starts put it in drive. Keep your foot on the brake obviously. You can go to Reversve once you get the car started and in DRive.
Sounds like the park/brake shift interlock switch is bad.
"An actuator solenoid and module assembly, located on the lower portion
of the steering column, locks the shifter in Park whenever it receives
a signal that the ignition switch is in the ON position. When the
module receives a signal from the Brake On-Off (BOO) switch that
indicates the brake pedal is depressed, it unlocks the shifter so that
it can be shifted out of Park."
It says the most common failures in the system are the fuse and the BOO
switch, and if they are fine, special tools are needed to diagnose.
To disable the system: Apply the parking brake, turn the ignition key
to LOCK, then remove the key. Insert the key and turn it to OFF. Press
the brake pedal. Shift to neutral, start the vehicle and select the