My dad has a 2003 chevy impala and the shift lever is in the center console, lately he sometimes finds that it is hard to shift from park to drive. It will go into drive but it is very hard to get it to do so. Does anyone have any idea what is causing this and how to fix it?
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Sometimes the transmission sets a "hard code" that causes a hard shift from 1-2. Stop by an Auto Parts store that has an OBD scanner and reset any codes. If that doesn't work, change the tranny fluid and filter and try SeaFoam additive. Good Luck.
the shift lever solenoid is going bad, you didnt mention if it was a column shifter lever or console shifter so i cant tell you how to bypass it, same problem with my chevy,hope this helps, you may need to get this done by a dealer or honest mechanic, if you can find 1, but im sure it will help you out if you look like you know what your talking about, im sure this is your problem! good luck
1.)heated seat is usually the heating elements under the seat cover.
2.)shifting is likely a pc solenoid and valve body.CODE associated with this is a p1811.If your vehicle has high miles or there is alot of debris in the pan of the trans,then I would suggest a reman trans.
mcdevito75 here, When you turn the car off the ignition switch locks the steering wheel, sometimes when you go to start the car it starts but you can"t move the shift lever due to the steering wheel being locked, try this, put the key in the ignition switch, turn the key and at the same time move the steering wheel, if you can move the steering wheel even a 1/2 inch that should free up the shift lever also.
Did you have it serviced or rebuilt, If you had it rebuilt I would take it back to the trans shop for warranty repairs.
If they just changed the trans filter I don't think it would cause your problem.You just have bad luck with the slipping trans
There are 2 10mm bolts in the compartment hold of the center console that must be removed. Two similar 10 mm bolts must be removed at the front of the center console, near the driver's and passenger's lower legs. The top of the center console, where the shifter is located, snaps out. With this top piece removed, the cigarette and auxilary outlet can be disconnected. Four more bolts near the shifter bracket need to be removed, and then the console is free. Hope this helps someone. I needed to remove the center console to install a component for a car stereo.