Car was stuck in park - forced out of park and shifter would move back and forth but after popping cover the trans linkage cable had popped off of gear shifter on floor. It seems that that cable is not releasing
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Re: Car was stuck in park
Wiz is right. It is called a Safety Interlock Relay.
This prevents the car from being put into gear unless your foot is on the brake.
When you depress the brake, it hits a limit switch, which in turn activates the relay.
Either the switch is out of position or bad....
or the relay is bad.
Find the switch first and press it manually. If you hear a click, that is the relay energizing. and the switch is out of position or bad.
If there is no click, the relay will need to be replaced.
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Re: Car was stuck in park
Try disconnecting the cable at the transmission and see if cable moves freely. If so try moving the shift arm at the transmission. If it does not move, you are looking at an internal transmission concern.
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Sounds like your linkage adjustment slipped. Chock your tires...jack up if you can't fit underneath it...have a helper move shifter back and forth so you can locate where it attaches to transmission. When you find it, have your helper move it from low to park slowly. When you see what way the piece on trans is moving, loosen the adjustment screw, manually place trans in park, then tighten adjusting screw.
sounds like the parking pawl in the transmission or the manual shift valve is sticking or the manual linkage in the trans is bent. youll have to have a technician drop the trans pan and observe these parts with an assistant shifting the lever in the car back and forth. If the PRNDL light for park is not lit, then the vehicle is not completely in park. You can start and vehicle with the lever in NEUTRAL to get you anywhere.
This is just a simple cable adjustment problem nothing to fear. But the car must be in the air to get this done. This is not an expensive repair 10 minuets in a garage with a floor pit. where you can just drive threw like a quick lube place. Maybe 40 bucks Safety does come first. This can be done by you if you have the Proper jacking and auto safety jack jack supports. If you want to attempt this on your own and have all safety covered read on.
This is just a simple cable adjustment problem problem nothing to fear.
Under the hood have someone with the engine off and emergency brake
pulled making sure it does not roll.
Step1) Place car in N neutral and release brake to make sure it does not
roll. If it does place a chock behind or in front of the wheel in the
direction of its movement to prevent this.
Step2) open the hood.
Step3) Have someone look at the transmission while someone shifts the
car repeatedly from P to1 or all the way forward to all the way back
several times. This will help you locate the shift linkage moving with
the cable from the other person inside moving the gear shift. It looks
like a flat steel plate held on with a central nut and coming from this
is a metal rod hooked to a cable.The slack in this cable is what we are
adjusting in this procedure. To reset the linkage back to the correct
location to P R N D and so forth.
Step4) When finally located force the car in to the Park position P on the indicator at your shifter.
Step5) The small metal rod hooked to the flat plate will need forced off
of the shift plate eye let where the end of the cable rod it connected.
It just pops off. Notice the movement direction when your friend is all
the way back in 1 when he is shoving it to Park ask him to tell you
because when the cable is is snapped off we will have to make sure the
shifter the cable is attached to is all the way into the Park position
locked in place and not stuck in between gears of P and R to do this
grab the shift plate and force it in the same direction when your friend
told you he was then pushing it to into the park position which is a full rotation clockwise away from the motor till it stops and will go no further. Step6. On the cable its self there is a lock tab tha needs to be pulled out of its slot on the cable you see a housing and a spring you see cable spring and housing it is in this housing and needs popped up away from the cable once up. Step7) leave clip up put the cable assembly back together and snap it back on the shift rod. Step8) move the cable its self back and forth and notice the slack back and froward, find the middle of this slack and snap the clip back into its housing. Step9) enter the car and notice the position of all the gears in relation to P R N and so forth this should have fixed your problem. This solution is for many autos GM,Ford,Chrysler etc with a locking cable adjustment with a snap lock mounted into a metal holder where the cable runs threw bolted to the transmission if it pops up it is the same procedures as above. Please rate my solution and give testimonial this is how i earn my achievements. Thanks in advance
the linkage or the cable from the shifter to the trans.?
block the tires so the car can not roll away...
open the hood and remove the cable from the shifter on the transmission.
see if you can manualy move the shifter on the trans.
if that moves... you may need to replace the cable (shift linkage)
It may be stuck due to pressure from being parked on a hill. If that is the case get help to push the car up the hill releaving the presure and the shifter should move. Note someone has to try moving the shifter while the car is held pushed up the hill. If a hill or incline is not the probllem, go under the hood and disconnect the shift cable. With the cable disconnected try to shift the car at trans. Use help so car doesn't roll when checking. If you can move the shift linkage at trans, try moving the shifter. If it doesn't move the shift cable will need replaced. To double check this also disconnect the cable at the other end and try to move the shifter, it should move. That confirms the cable is bad.
The park pawl is spring loaded and it sounds like that spring has broken. The problem is, the trany has to be removed from the car and completely disassembled to fix it. The linkage for park is all mechanical, the transmission could be completely out of fluid and park should still work. I guess, I would get into the habbit of setting the park brake, then put the car in park and pull it out of park, before you release the park brake. You could also leave the shifter in the neutral position and set the park brake. This will allow you to start the car but you won't be able to remove the key. Hopefully the brake cables are not all rusted up. Good luck.
Cable is shot. Change the shift cable
(cable from shifter to transmission) Also spray some WD40 on the shift
linkage on the trans and work it back and forth to loosen it up before
you put the new cable on. Good luck
Was the fluid you drained red or black? did it smell like trans or gear oil? With linkage disconnected, could you put trans in park by moving the lever on the side of the unit? Oil condition is likely a separate issue...most "blown" transmissions generally have normal operation of shift, it just dosen't do what you tell it to. two things likely going on are: linkage problem and likely in need of fluid/filter change.