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My 2008 cadillac cts with automatic transmission doesn`t want to go into drive.

I parked in a driveway with 30 degrees slant and had to force it in reverse to back out (I heard the transmission parking pawl click,(click, click, click, click)while I was backing up). when I went to put it in drive; it would not go. Now I can only put it in Park & Reverse. I don`t feel that the parking pawl shaft or the locking bracket could have bent so easily. Before I take the transmission oil pan off I was wondering if there could not be something else I could do to release the mechanism?

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Sounds like the shift cable has slipped or stretched when you forced it in reverse. I would check that before removing the trans pan. Make sure to leave the park brake on, Remove the cable from the transmission, usually just one nut. After doing that see if you can shift the transmission with your fingers or a pair of pliers. If so, then the problem is in the cable/linkage and not the trans. Hope this helps

Posted on Mar 20, 2014

Testimonial: "the problem was not mechanical. It was electrical. The battery had low voltage and did not send enough voltage to the lock mechanism that releases the shifter when you release the brake pedal. I recharged the battery and was able to shift normal."


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