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Why my chrysler sebring won't shift out of park

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If your brake lights work, then the problem is in your shifter assembly. Don't make the costly mistake of paying 342 dollars for a new shift assembly.  Go to Lowe's and buy a variety spring pack for $3.97.  You will need to use the longest spring in the box for the fix.  You will need a needle nose pliers and a flathead screwdriver.  Using the screwdriver, remove the the chrome ring around the shifter assembly.  This will give you a half inch space in diameter of the assembly to work with.  Now you will need to use the needle nose to slightly make a hook out of the spring ends.  Attach one end of the spring to the thin key lock wire on the left of the assembly.  You will use the needle nose to guide one end of the spring down there and attach it gently to where the wire meets the pink plastic lever.  Now carefully guide the other end underneath the black LED power lines and bring it towards the bottom part of the assembly.  Attach the spring to any hole you find where the spring can sit underneath and out of the way from the chrome ring you will ultimately put back on last.  

The problem is the pink lever doesn't move back when the driver pushes the gear selector from park all the way to the right.  The pushing pin is a peice of plastic with the frailty of a toothpick.  Over time, this plastic breaks off and leaves the driver stuck in park.  To test if this is your problem do the following:  with your right hand move the gear selector from park, all the way to the right side and at the same time with your left hand and a flathead screwdriver, gently push the pink plastic lever down..then try moving the gear selector to reverse or drive.  If this works, then the spring solution I just described will save you literally hundreds of dollars in costly repairs.

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The $4.00 solution offered is a really good one. I found that removing the 6 screws (4 in back, 2 in front) that hold the center console in place makes the repair much easier working around the shifter. I drilled a small hole and added a screw to the pink plastic part. I also found the original spring in the console area, so was able to re-attach it to the original hook, and my new screw. Works great.

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I WORK FOR A CHRYSLER DEALER ...THERE IS A RECALL ON THE SHIFTER SPRING INSIDE CONSOLE....IF THIS ISNT PROBLEM IT IS A COMMEN PROBLEM WITH SHIFTER...I HAVE CHANGED 3 SHIFTERS IN 2 MONTHS...BUT TRY RECALL FIRST...MOST SEBRINGS HAVE SAME PROBLEM WITH ALL SHIFTERS ...MOST WONT RELEASE FROM PARK.

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The first thing is to make sure your brake lights work, the shift release works off the brake switch,this is a saftey thing, if the brake lights dont work then theres no power to the shifter release. start there.

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It is your shifter assembly. Should be able to take the trim panel off and use something to press the bypass switch to get it out of park. I've seen a bunch of these go bad.

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I assume that you have to press the brake pedal in order to shift from park (ie:safety switch) you might first check to see if you have brake lights as they should be on the same circut and operated by the same switch. If the lights dont work, check the fuses could be a simple fix. Hope this helps

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See if this helps. Someone on LXforums had the same problem with their 300. This solution worked for me as I had the same problem as you with my Chrylser Sebring 2007.
http://www.lxforums.com/board/showthread.php?p=1538277

Posted on Oct 07, 2009

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