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Car is stuck in park.

I have a 2008 Dodge Avenger stuck in park. The battery is not dead, but it will not shift out of park.

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  • jeanesplin May 31, 2009

    The car does start and run. It is parked in a flat parking lot. I will check the brake lights.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    the park system is locked unless the brake pedal is pushed and the brake lights working, see if the brake lights work, if not then there is the problem, until the brake lights work u will not be able to shift out of park.

    STEVE LESTER May 11, 2010


  • red_barracud May 11, 2010

    Was it placed in park on an incline or hill? Transmissions can get stuck in park if they were put there on an incline and its hard to get them out of park.

  • Jamey Jul 18, 2013

    I had the same problem on my avenger. There is actually a recall on this very part. If you remove the shifter cover you can actuate the small plastic clip(that is probably broken) to remove it from park.

  • Desert Bob Aug 04, 2013

    Chrysler will replace the park position pawl for free on this recall...but you have to ask for it. Rough handling of the shifter is the cause for breakage; many drivers never had the problem.



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Check the sparking plugs

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