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Gear shifter is in Park, but dash reads it's in Reverse. Car won't turn over because it is in Reverse now.

Wife backed out of driveway. Said car went dead and she shifted back into Park and got me. We pushed back into drive. Gear shifter is in Park, but dash reads it's in Reverse. Car won't turn over because it is in Reverse now. Tried key in ignition to ACC but gear shift will not move out of Park. Checked all my fuses (including #3) and they are all good.

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I have the same problem on a 99 Olds the car killed out on me (bad Alternator) Thought was something worse.
But my shifter says it in park but the cluster says it's in reverse. And only way to start it I have to turn the key to AC then shift it till the cluster says Nutrual and the shifter says Reverse. To start it but I can't park in hilly areas or the car will won't to back out or go forwarded depending on how it's park and my car guy says it's a bad link with the shifter cord. And if I shut the car off and put the shifter in park am able to remove the key. But the cluster stays in reverse. And if I don't hit the shifter hard in park it keeps my reverse lights on which drains ******* the battery.

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You have to locate where the park ignition switch is located. Some are on the transmission and some are in the column under the dash. It probably got moved.

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  • Cody Felty Apr 09, 2016

    That or the link has been pulled hard enough where it locked it's self where it's not or has be stretch which meaning the shifter cable has to replaced. I have to do the same.

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It sounds much like failed linkage which is better than about anything else you checked.
I recommend procuring a Haynes or Chilton manual for your car. It will not only help you locate the source of your current misery but serve you well in the future too. They are available at about any auto parts store for ~$20 US 

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Do you have your foot on the brake when you try to move the gearshift? Other than that you will have to look under the hood and see if the linkage is hung up or broken somewhere.Mostly the the linkage is snapped out. ------------ Try readjusting shifter. Once the shift cable is properly adjusted, the indicator in the instrument cluster can be adjusted separately. Use a 9/64" allen wrench to turn the adjusting screw. That screw is in a white plastic housing and tube on top of the steering column. You'll need to remove the "knee blocker" panel under the column, then look just to the right of the fuse box for that screw. Shift to neutral, then adjust the screw until the pointer is in the middle of the "N" ---------- This has to be inspected.This will help.Thanks.Helpmech.

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