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Why does the gear shift lever lock on a 1998 doge caravan?

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The reason the gear shift locks when the vehicle is off is for A safety if you park on a hill and that no one accidently hits the shifter. B. is for a theft deterrent, that way if someone trys to force the ignition they can not put the vehicle into gear.
Now if you are talking about the shift lever locking when the vehicle is on that would be a mechanical problem in the mechanism itself. Which means the theft deterrent may have failed, the transmission could be going thus not allowing the unit to shift.
so if you mean the first when the vehicle is off dont worry about it that is normal. If it is happening when the vehicle is on (which is a common problem on this make and model vehicle) its best to take it to a mechanic or a dealership and get it worked on by a proffessional. Cause that could be serious if something were to happen.
If you require further assistance please let me know. Thanks and have a great day.

Posted on Aug 26, 2010

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Remember the days when some idiot said that the car took off on its own(cannot happen)well,thats why it locks until you start the car and then brake hard.(we in england,had some woman say that her child got his head stuck in the window,without the key being in the ignition,caused an uproar but was proven to be impossible.fiat said afterwards all publicity is good???

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