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1998 Volvo S90 (automatic trans) shifter will not stay in any gear. Holding car in driveway with parking brake !

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Have you checked to see if your shifter cable is secured properly to the transmission case ? You may have a loose components or the cable is broken/frozen.

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SOURCE: automatic transmission linkage problem

you need to raise the hood and shift it manually into park and then tighten the bolt for the linkage.sounds like it may have vibrated loose.the linkage will be on top of the transmission

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SOURCE: Automatic trans shifter stuck in drive.

You have a worn or damage gear lever(shifter).

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SOURCE: will not shift out of park 95 Buick Regal Gran Sport automatic

you have what is called a btsi, brake trans shift interlock that may be the problem, usually there is a little square cover on the console you can remove and use a screwdriver to depress the latching mechanism to shift the car out of park

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SOURCE: 1998 Windstar Transmission doesn't shift into gear

common problem for ford. and in these vans. Same thing to the 98 I had. I am a mechanic and couldn't figure it out. Thought pin fell out but linkage moved. Brought in to tranny shop and they ended up getting used on for $800

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SOURCE: 1999 Lincoln Town Car shifter stuck in park

Look at the swith on the brake pedal, it shoud have two green wires on it. Make sure it is not melted or the wire is broken. If it is damaged you can connect the 2 wires together to get it into gear, but this should be temporary as it bypasses the neutral safety switch.

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Shifter handle came off


on most cars the brake pedal has to be pushed first.this interlock switch on brake pedal may be bad

Sep 26, 2012 | 1998 Volvo S90

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Transmission will not shift into any gear. dash display does not correspond.


Is your car staying in park?

I am going to go out on a limb and guess you have an automatic transmission.

I had a Stratus that had undergone a trans rebuild and later on (weeks later) the shifting cable slipped off at the transmission. I could move the shifter in the car but the transmission stayed in park. It was an easy fix, I just opened the hood and found where it was supposed to connect and stuck it back on.

That being said, I suppose another cause could be a broken shifter cable or disconnected at shifter.

If you have a helper available, open your hood and have your helper shift through the gears while you look for the shifting bracket (on the top of the tranny on drivers side of car). If the cable is connected you have a bigger problem. If cable is not moving it is disconnected at shifter or it has broken.

Please give feedback if this helps.

Repost your findings if this does not help.


Good Luck!

Feb 22, 2011 | 1998 Chrysler Sebring

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I have a 1996 pontiac grand am the trans shifts fine in all gears but wont move seems to be stuck into park i can feel it going into gear and tries to move and trans isnt slipping it is a automatic when...


Tip on end of park rod has slipped and is staying in the park position. Put car in neutral and get out and rock car back and forth by hand. Tip will slip out and car should move. This will not fix the tip problem as they are crimped on and the crimp has slipped. I installed a master electrical switch and never put the trans in park. I start and stop car in neutral and use switch to shut of electrical. Costs $ 800 to fix trans as park rod is last item out of trans. Cheap solution for me as car is a beater and am driving until it quits. Best of luck.

Mar 18, 2010 | 1995 Pontiac Grand Am

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We can not get it to go into gear at all.its pretty much locked up.


If this is an automatic and you mean that it starts but you can not move the shifter to get into gear. The problem could be that you are parked on a hill and need to relieve the pressure on the trans. To do this just push the car up the hill to relieve the pressure and see if it moves. If it does the problem is fixed if not you need to make sure the brake is on and to be safe have someone in the car holding the brake down. Then disconnect the shift cable at the trans and see if you can shift it at the trans. If you can the shift cable is probably bad, if not you have an internal trans problem.

Mar 02, 2010 | 2000 Ford Windstar

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1998 f150 trans stay in drive will not go in park


U might need to check ur linkage where ur shifter is on the tranny

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Shifter lock won't release, can't get car out of park . how does this lock work?


On a Volvo with an automatic transmission, there is a yellow piece of plastic behind the shifter and underneath the brushes. Pull forward on the yellow plastic (Pull toward the shifter). Sometimes the yellow piece of plastic is hard to pull. It will release the shifter lock. The shifter lock could be locked because the battery is dead. However, it could be caused by a defective switch. I have not replaced a defective shifter lock switch

Aug 27, 2009 | 1990 Volvo 740

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well, 'W" is for winter drive, "S" for sport drive and "E" for economy drive.

Jul 30, 2009 | 1998 Volvo S90

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Gear locks when i park on even a slight incline


ALWAYS engage the Parking Brake BEFORE putting car into "Park". When you want to get out of "Park", put your foot on the brake pedal, move gear shifter into desired gear, THEN take down Parking Brake. If you get stuck (gear shifter doesn't move), then try the "rocking" method (recruit 1 or 2 folks to push your car from behind while you try to move gear shifter into desired gear). Good luck!

May 26, 2009 | 2004 Jaguar S Type

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1998 Volvo S90 gear cannot be engaged


Sounds like the PNP switch or the Park/Neutral switch is out of line (adjustment). There is very much information about this on the internet.

Just today I was called by my garage because the mechanic could not start the car. I had my 1993 960 in for freon (134). Over the phone he said the starter would engage but no start. He was about to recommend a new fuel pump because no fuel was reaching the engine. So I said wait. I went down and while he was not looking I did the shifting routine of: brake depressed, key on, move shifter from Park through all the gears several time, then key off. After this I could start the engine and drive off. On the transmission is a PNP inhibitor switch and a Park/ Neutral sensor switch that cause no start and no shift situations. Oh yes, I did not bother to tell him what I did! He spent six hours trouble-shooting and would have charged me.

My next project is to wire around these trouble makers. I always drive in "E" and I do not care if it will start in all positions.

William White

Nov 16, 2008 | 1994 Volvo 960

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