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My 2000 volvo S-80 was parked on an incline and my wife couldn't get the transmission to go into gear. My son and a friend shook the car and he apparently used force to get the gear shifter to go into reverse. Now the shifter is very loose. Do you think a bolt could be possibly broken or something bent in the shifter or is this a bigger problem?

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If the transmission is shifting and working properly it's not likely to be a bigger problem. However there is a strong chance that something is bent and if it is in the steering column (or console) there is a good chance that some of the linkage is white metal or pot metal and that could break at some point in the future. I would suggest at least a call to the dealer service department and tell them your story, see what they say. At least they should probably take a peek at your linkage, and take it from there. It easily could be something you could live with safely.

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The first problem was simple. The emergency brake needs to be applied before putting it into park when parking on a grade. The actual park mechanism is a simple lug that fits into openings in the rear drum inside the trans. When "loaded" it becomes difficult for it to slide back and disengage.
Your new problem is that your son likely either bent the shift mechanism or damaged the shift cable. That will need to be taken apart and inspected to determine exactly what damage was done. To get out of a situation such as your wife was in, just attach a tow cable to a solid part of the chassis and connect it to another vehicle. Gently pull forward a tiny bit and the shifter will easily disengage once the rolling weight has been removed from it.

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