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Got the shifter to shift out of park, but now acts like battrty is dead ignition wont engage.

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    Earl DaSquirrel Apr 20, 2015

    as JD suggested try to shift to N, foot on brake pedal & turn ignition

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You didn't mention what brand or model you have , but as with most cars and trucks if transmission is not in park or neutral the starter will not engage , this is a safety system and should not be bypassed , but out of habit (a good one) I still allways have my foot on brake when starting anything

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SOURCE: 2007 HHR gear shifter button engaged and stuck in park

I had the same problem and once I wiggled the shifter enough to get it out of park then the key stuck in the ignition started.

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you should also hear or feel a click when you press on the brake pedal, if not there is your problem

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There is a little button in front of the shifter. I pushed on this while moving the shifter back and forth. It immediately went down and I was able to put he car in park and then pulled out the key.

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you have either a faulty shifter assembly or the ignition shift interlock cable that runs between ignition cylinder and shifter assembly it is very common for the cables that causes this.

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ok sounds like the transmission might be your problem
first you would need to change the transmission filer by pulling the transmission plate and draining and replace filter and fluids new fluids prefferably. if that doesnt fix it. you could have a sensor or computer part out only real way to know is to take to shop to get looked at. hope this helps good luck

Posted on Jan 24, 2011

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When you said "it wouldn't start" did it turn over (starter cranking the engine) or did it act like the battery was dead and wouldn't crank, even though all the dash lights lit up?

If it simply didn't crank over but then by you shifting it out of park, then back into park, may indicate a park/neutral switch problem.

It may have been something as simple as the shifter, when the vehicle was last parked, didn't fully engage the park/neutral switch into the park position. BUT by you moving the shifter out and back into park it engaged the switch.

Cold weather can do some strange things sometimes when it comes to mechanical devices. IF it acts up again, simply try the "trick" that worked the last time.

It may just be temperature related and may not give any more problems once the weather warms up.

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