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Camry doesn't shift out of park

I had it towed and shifted it into neutal to put it on the flatbed, no porblem. I tried this morning to roll it into my garage and it won't indicate nuetral but the shift moves into position what gives, is it my ECU preventing this.

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  • Frank Puleo Jan 04, 2009

    Hey you guys!!

    I posted my 97 camry problem about stuck in Park.

    Sure enough my Tranmission cable was compromised.

    The cable was sheared off at the attachment point on the lever !!

    Saved me a bunch of time!



    Thanks Frankie P.

    frankpatty@bellsouth.net

  • Frank Puleo Jan 04, 2009

    Hey you guys!!
    I posted my 97 camry problem about stuck in Park.
    Sure enough my Tranmission cable was compromised.
    The cable was sheared off at the attachment point on the lever !!
    Saved me a bunch of time!

    Thanks Frankie P.
    frankpatty@bellsouth.net

  • Toyota Ed May 11, 2010

    Try this: Open the hood, observe the front of the transmission, that faces the radiator.... Have an assistant manipulate the shifter thru all of the gears.... Look to see if the cable on the front of the transmission is moving a lever. If not, the trans shift cable or the attaching point may be compromised. Please advise what you see.

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I think one of the first 3. There isn't much you can do except have it towed to a transmission shop.

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To shift the transfer case to NEUTRAL do the following:

Make sure the vehicle is parked so that it will not roll.
Set the parking brake.
Start the vehicle or turn the ignition to RUN.
Connect the vehicle to the towing vehicle.
Put the transmission in NEUTRAL (N).
Shift the transfer case to 2HI.
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To shift out of NEUTRAL:

Set the parking brake and apply the regular brake pedal.
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Release the parking brake.
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the vehicle is parked so that it will not roll:
1. Set the parking brake.
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