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Automatic 1996 Pontiac Bonneville wont shift gears

My car has recently started refusing to shift. It starts up fine but when I try to put it into any gear other than park, it doesn't do anything. I have to wiggle the shifter up and down repeatedly and eventually it will catch and go into drive (reverse seems harder to achieve). As soon as I put it back into park, it refuses to shift again without more wiggling. My transmission fluid was slightly low but still withing the crosshatch so I filled that up, drove it around the block but it still won't shift after parking. Anyone know what's up?

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    Aestus Oct 20, 2013

    By the way, I did check the brake lights and they're functioning fine, so it's not that

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Transmissions have so many parts so it's difficult to diagnose. I would have the transmission filter changed first. Usually that is the most common shifting problem. If that doesn't fix the problem it may be a little more costly.

Posted on Oct 20, 2013

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it may be a brake light switch. on most vehicle the brake light switch releases the shift lock that may be your problem

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The Cable from the Brake peddle is Stuck/Broken..
Replace or Look under the Dash Above the Pedal for a Cable heading towards the Shifter.

Might be lose or Fell out of "Slot" the holds it with the Clip.

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you need to have the shifting cable lubricated or replaced.

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You sould have been moore frequent on your transmission fluid changes, and you shouldn't have taken it to Jiffy Lube either. Your best bet is to drain and fill the trans fluid run it shift gears. Drain and fill again. Do this 3 times. Yeah the transmission fluid is expensive. on the last drain and fill you want to get a bottle of LUBE GUARD from NAPA or who ever sells it. put the whole 10oz bottle in. Shift Rev, 1, 2, 3, D. Neutral Rev D. If that don't work then you have bad seals.

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SOURCE: My renault megane automatic is stuck in reverse and won't start

Hi all,
I have a 2002 Renault Megane 1.6 Convertible and experienced exactly the same fault. Needed a team effort but we found a very easy quick fix to this problem. If you take the plastic cover off from under the gear shifter, you will notice a release button covered by a rubber cover. Pressing this release button allows the gear shifter to move from its locked/jammed position. (This is not the fix but it helps with the fix).
If you are fortunate enough to have a 2nd person available, have them poke their head under the bonnet to watch the Gearbox cable move....while you are shifting the gear shifter inside the vehicle. Your partner will see that a cable with a plastic locking device (right hand side of the engine cover) has popped off the shifter for the transmission. Move the shifter until you can physically put the plastic locking device back on the shifter mechanism and your all good to go. No need for that new gearbox that you might have been quoted on!! An easy fix that I am surprised no mechanically minded professional/body in the world has volunteered the solution to. I wonder why????

Good luck!

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