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My 2000 540 i will not start, and the gear lever is stuck in park, what is the issue?


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Gear shift lock out pin is stuck. Remove the retaining screw and you can shift until you take it to mechanic jiggle it and pull back and forth usually fixes the issue

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Gear lever stuck in park.

usually a cable that moves when pressing brake pedal that takes gear lever out of lock allowing you to move gear lever. check the cable.

Nov 28, 2013 | 2002 GMC Envoy


My car is stuck in gear.


If we are talking about automatic transmission stuck in park position, then the problem is the solenoid switch that unlocks the gear shift lever when brake pedal is pressed. The switch is located behind the brake pedal.
When the problem is the solenoid the brake lights usually do not work.
A definitive test on the switch is done by jumping the switch contacts to bypass the brake pedal switch.

If the brake pedal switch is not the problem, or if an automatic transmission is stuck in a different gear, then the first step in troubleshooting is scanning the ECU (car computer) for codes. If there is a code P0700 stored, that means that more codes are stored in the TCM (transmission control module). The TCM is the computer module controlling the transaxle, and can be tested at any authorized garage. See: I get code p0700 after an OBDII scan.
There are many possible reasons for automatic transmission malfunctions. Most common reasons (that can also cause lock in one gear) are discussed here:My car does not shift in second gear.
If you are lock in park, check the pedal switch and brake lights as a first thing.

If you have a manual transmission stuck in any gear, it is usually the gear shaft broken or detached from the hub. In that case the gear shaft must be replaced.

on May 25, 2010 | 2007 Mercedes-Benz C230 Sedan

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I have a Lexus RX300 1999 model and have this recent problem. engine running normally but gear gets stuck in Parking mode and won't shift. had to depress the emergency button on the gear shift and

Hi there,

Some automatic vehicles rely on the brake switch (mounted on brake pedal) to be activated by depressing brake pedal. This signal then operates a relay and switch, to release the gear lever.

Firstly, I would check the brake pedal switch (are your brake lights working?).

If brake switch is confirmed OK, then inspect the relay (and related circuit components) of the gear release switch.

Mar 04, 2013 | 1999 Lexus RX 300

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Gear shift lever gets stuck in park when engine is running and brake pedal is depressed

shift actuator not working. see if you here click sound coming from lower section of steering column.check fuses.vehicle with key on first position, not running, you should be able to move shifter into neutral, then start vehicle..

Jan 21, 2013 | 2007 Lincoln MKZ

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Gear shift stuck in park

most cars have an interlock that wil not let you out of park unless you are on brake pedal but this system is electrical so check fuses and brake light switch and most have rel. sol. at gear shift lever. assuming batt is charged of course

Jan 27, 2011 | 2003 Dodge Neon

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2001 ford escort stuck in park lever won't move starts normally

If it wont move into gear,the safety switch is malfunctioning. You can take the plug out of the hole on the upper right side of the console just to the right of the gear shift lever. put a philips screwdriver in the hole and press down. this will manually release the gear shifter mechanism.

Feb 08, 2010 | 2001 Ford Escort ZX2

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Automatic transmission, gear stuck in park. How

open the gear shift from in the car and you should shh the locking bar that stops the gear lever from being moved when the brake pedal isnt pressed have you any more details also is the battery dead when your trying to move it

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I have a jaguar xj8 and the gear got stuck in park ,and I can't put it in reverse or drive. How can I fix this problem

Most likely the lock out switch at the brake pedal is at fault, because in order to put it in in to any gear you have to step on the brake first ! Their is a switch located which prevents you put it in gear with out stepping on the brake pedal, so check this switch first.

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Auto gear stuck & won't change

I have a 2003 Honda Accord. My car keeps getting stuck in park. After waiting several minutes & keep trying it will eventually work.
Any suggestions to the problem will definitely save me some money.

Dec 16, 2008 | 1995 Mitsubishi Montero

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Gear Lever stuck in park??

this is because there is a switch on the brake pedal that is connected to a solinoid that lock the gear selector in park .
you need to A : check the switch on the brake pedal is working this may only need to adjust the distance between the pedal stop and the pedal its self.
B: The solinoid on the gearbox should click when the switch on the brake pedal is closed or opened
if not the solinoid on the gear box could be sticking or could be faulty

hope this helps

Sep 20, 2008 | 1997 Honda Odyssey

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