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Re: Cannot put car in gear.
First, check that the brake lights are working, if they are not , then check the fuse. If the brake lights are working , then check the switch that is connected to the brake pedal, that the wires are good connections.If they look ok, then cross the 2 wires at the switch and try the gear selector, if it works, then its the switch thats faulty, if not then it could be the actuator on the gear selector mechanism thats faulty. Hope trhat helps
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Start your vehicle and keep your foot on the brake. Move the transmission lever through the entire range of gears including reverse, several times.
Then check the transmission fluid level.
It doesn't sound as though you have too much to worry about. Valves in a transmission unit can become 'glazed' and sticky. When this happens they don't open and close at the correct pressure/speeds.
If need be, repeat the same process with your foot on the brake and the vehicle in D. Give the engine a few revs, but keep your foot on the brake... you're trying to build up gearbox pressure and move a sticking valve.
If there's no improvement consider using a gearbox additive - there are many on the market which will free sticking valves - and take your vehicle for a test drive.
Check engine and check gearbox on an automatic...neutral safety switch is going out. First couple starts like that and it seems like it's in limp home mode...it is. A few more starts and it will reset itself. Mine did so reliably at the 5th restart until I changed it.
Get a used on if you can, they are not really rebuildable reliably. Pain to change, it's under the battery tray and miserable to get to.
Most likely the safety feature built into the brake switch. Check to see if the brake lights come on when you step onthe brake. If not, it's likely the bad brake switch preventing you from putting the car into gear. If this is not the case, then you have a security issue and should try a different key to start the car.
To get the car out of park you have to put the shifter right in between neutral and drive and as soon as the car starts put it in drive. Keep your foot on the brake obviously. You can go to Reversve once you get the car started and in DRive.
I had the same problem I changed the transmission fluid & put a new filter in the trans, this fixed it good until I put my foot down to overtake the trans kicked down to 2nd gear & the hold light started flashing again & the trans started slipping again. I stressed over it for a day or 2 & then I took it out for a drive & thrashed it, Low & behold it came right. When you change fluid its impossible to get all the old fluid out because the torque converter holds a liter or two under pressure, so when I put my foot down some of the gunk blew through & blocked the pump it looses pressure & cant change gear. You need to get it flushed by a transmission specialist
is it parked in a steep hill, if so,try to releave some pressure off it,and try to shift it,if not,block wheels so van wont move,inspect shift linkage,if ok,undo linkage from tranny,try shifter invan if it moves ok,if not,inspectshifter and linkange,if its ok,try moving shifter arm at tranny,be careful!if it doesnt move, youll have to take oil pan off tranny and inspect park gear lock.
My S-Type gearbox has given up the ghost. First there was a delay when setting off before car would move, then a whining noise started in gearbox and today in tries to stay in 2nd gear if I put my foot down there is no transmission. Then the gearbox fault light came on. Is it worth repairng and if not what will an new gearbox cost including fitting. I have sourced a secondhand box so how much time is needed to do a swap? thanks