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On a very cold day here my mitsubishi eclipse would not shift out of park.
My daughter and all her friends tried to no avail to **** it.
She had it toed to a local shop where it sits waiting on someone to look at it.
She is about 40 miles away and i have not been able to get up there to look at it.
The dealer we bought it from does not service mitsubishi.
Any suggestions are appreciated.

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  • Anonymous Jan 01, 2009

    Exact same problem with 2003 GTS. Solution currently being attempted via trial & error with our local garage. We have ruled out the brake pedal related shift lock release assembly. The problem seems to be related to the upper of the two cables in the shift console. It's right above the cable that attaches to the brake pedal release and is directly attached to the upper front of the white plastic cam assembly. The cable feeds forward into a metal tube about 3/16" in diameter. he cable is siezed when cold but frees up completely after the car warms for about 20-30 minutes. I'll post final solution when achieved.

  • Terra_talia Jan 04, 2009

    2002 eclipse, same exact issue. Worked fine for the first 2 years i've owned it and just started. The car was just recently in an accident and repaired. Any chance that the solenoid could have been damaged during that so it would possibly be covered by insurance?

  • mike12382 Feb 06, 2009

    I have a 2003 GS with 82000 miles. It will not shift out of park either. It will after playing with it for about 20 min jiggling the shifter, pushing in and letting out pushing in a leting out. (could be a cold thing I suppose since it is cold and 20 min. would give it time to warm up) Its almost as if the side push in button is broken. Once I get it out of park it slides through all of the gears without having to push in the side button to get it to move positions. It also will not click into park to allow me to turn the car all the way off and get my key back.

  • m_n_mpoland Apr 05, 2009

    I have a 2003 Eclipse GT with 63000 miles and I have already gotten the transmission rebuilt twice due to this issue. Any valuable info on this problem would be GREAT!!! on a cold night it does not want to go in to gear, and after it does go in to gear; it shifts really funny from 1st to 2nd gear while driving (until it warms up really good.) It will idle down below 500rpm and quit if you leave it at an idle too long while its cold. Please help.


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Innterlock shift sensor is prob failing due to cokes or some kind of bevarage being spilled

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I have the same problem with my car. any solution will help just brought it not long ago and still clean i want to keep my car so any solution will really help me..

Posted on Dec 09, 2011

  • Albert Creisstoff Mar 30, 2015

    Ran into same problem when cold below 24degrees car would not shift out of park until interior cabin warmed up.Turned out that old grease was freezing at the end of the key interlock cable near the key end


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Same problem here with the wife's car (GTS), 14F overnight, would not shift, warmed it up 20 mins and it is fine.

That being said, I am sick of this car. Catalytic converter rusted through (I replaced - $400 instead of $1500), 2 engine mounts broken (I got a local shop to replace ($500, cf dealer $1600), 2 other engine mounts bad (will do soon), warped brake rotors (I replaced), hatch will not stay open (will replace cylinders), passenger door window will not allow door to close unless it is down a couple of mm (TSB - will do). 101K miles.

Compare to my Scion TC at 97K miles - no problems whatsoever. I know what I will be buying in the future.

Posted on Dec 08, 2010

  • azide999 Apr 05, 2014

    Update: Discovered that the handbrake was not used at all during parking. Using the handbrake for parking 'solved' the problem - no further trouble even down to 0 deg.F. I drive MT cars so I had not noted my wife not using the handbrake until I saw how far forward the Eclipse rolls on her engaging park.


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