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Dodge magnum gear shift

I turned on veh- went to shift gears (drive) but it would not move. is there a button to override the shifter. its poss that when I placed the veh in park it may have rolled before i put it in park. Dodge Magnum 2005

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  • Anonymous Jul 15, 2008

    my gear shifter won't come out of park

  • Anonymous Jul 23, 2008

    had the same problem at about 30K, the dealer had to tow it and replace the linkage

  • deedee32 Jul 29, 2008

    Went to start up my car (2005 Dodge Magnum) and I could not get it out of park. I made sure that my foot was on the brake and all. I did contact the dealership who told me about the pink button next to the gear shift (had to remove the little holder to the right of the gear shift) and that is the emergency release and that should work. No such luck. I was told by the dealership that a new shifter was needed on a 3-4 year old car which I found to be strange. Had to get the car towed and the tow truck guy said he had 2 dodge cars last week with the same problem. One the release did work but the other had a problem with the release being bad. Has anyone been able to fix this problem without having to replace the entire gear shifter?

  • abrahame316 Sep 05, 2008

    i have the same problem on my dodge magnum 2005 i cant get the gear to shift from parking.can some one help me getting it fix my self,thanks

  • Anonymous Nov 07, 2008

    Had the same problem. It was a blown fuse for the brake lights. replaced fuse & it was fine.

  • tipi2lodge Nov 27, 2008

    hi
    was driveing out of my driveway and accelerating. at about 30 mph it felt like it was jumping into N engine reving up but car coasting to a stop.gearindication showing D. shifter moves fine but car will not move in R or D.


  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2009

    my 2005 dodge magnum have the same problem. there are no leaks or anything. i don't even drive this car often. it has 36,000 miles. do anyone know how much tis repair cost? thank you very much

  • Anonymous Apr 24, 2009

    same problem, 40k miles. I had to turn the car on, hold the brake and pull on the shifter as hard as i could. Heard a loud snap and and shifted fine. have to take it to the dealer now to replace a part on the shifter preventing it from shifting without the brake being applied.

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    changed cap where coolant goes and put new antifreeze

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    overdrive rod not in place

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    let the car run 15 Min and the fans never came on

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I had the same problem. The interlock was not the problem. I had the shifter replaced (at my own expense because drive train warranty would not cover). After examining the old shifter discovered source of problem is a plastic cam on the front of ths shifter. A tiny PLASTIC ear which connects to a small spring had broken off. I repaired this by putting in a small screw where the ear had been. Incidentally, my tow truck driver had also seen the same problem on several Chrysler 300s. In my estimation this is a poor design on Chrysler's part.

Posted on Aug 20, 2008

  • mrfoe Apr 23, 2011

    I too had the problem... it was a tiny piece of plastic tip that hook onto a return spring...the tip brakes off, a the return spring looses tension. I temporary repaired mine with a small rubber ban..... but, when I go back into it I'm gonna try that tiny screw formula, (thanks). We save a whole lot of money being mechanical inclined. But we need to file a class action law suit.

  • monemaknsuny Aug 03, 2011

    im with u on that because the same thing happened to me today so i called dodge and they would not help me. i have a dodge magnum and my brother had a charger and we both have the same problem. we went on vacation and took a rental and left our cars home and came back from vacation and niether of us could get the cars out of park. he has a 2007 charger. looks noce but its a piece of ****. dodge basically politely told me to kick rocks. they know that is a know issue but they will not recall the vehicle,

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Drill new hole just behind where the old spring eye use to be, then re-atach spring. Worked for me!

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If your dodge magnum does not shift from park, remove the shift cover and and you'll notice a pink colored 'shifter interlock lever.' Barely push the pink lever toward the Drive position and it will release your shift from park. New 'shifter interlock lever' only cost me about $8.00 through the dodge dealer. (Also comes with replacement instructions). Chrysler should have recalled this. Too common of a problem... Hope this helps

Posted on Jun 11, 2012

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Had the same problem with mine at about 30K miles. Dealer towed it and had to replace the linkage I believe

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All this interlock does is, keeps you from returning your key to the "Lock" position when the shiter is not in park. If you think you can live without this safty then, just take the dang thing out. I have been driving my 05 Magnum without it for months now.

Posted on Jul 04, 2012

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I got the same problem today with my 2007 dodge magnum, I am going to try the screw solution and see if it work or not. Thanks for the tips you guys.

Posted on Aug 23, 2011

  • April Martinez Jan 19, 2012

    u have to replace the whole shifter,dealer part only

  • natetrucks2 Oct 03, 2012

    Same think here, 06 dodge magnum with 60k miles. coudnt get out of park, repaired it myself. Should have been a recall on this problem!

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  • brennaluvsjo Mar 18, 2011

    Mine went out last night. 79K miles. Part is $155 and labor is $200. I was told it's the tower. I couldn't even get my car out of park and towing it to Dodge was not fun.

    FYI NOT COVERED UNDER EXTENDED WARRENTY. Not sure about factory, should be, but then again who knows.

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