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1996 850 Wagon. Sticks in park, and more

Hey, I have a 1996 Volvo 850 Wagon with 203k miles on it. About a month or so ago, the shifter began sticking in the "Park" position as I turned on the car. I would turn the car off, restart it, and it would work fine. It did this about 40% of the time

Well about a week ago, this fix stopped working. The check engine light has come on, and I have to use the shiftlock override to get it into drive or reverse. Again, doesn't do this all the time, but the frequency has increased. Additionally, yesterday I noticed that when this problem occurs, the speedometer does not function. All of the other gauges work properly while the car is operating.

I'm planning on taking it into a mechanic, I just wanted to know if anyone has had similar problems, or knows how screwed I am and how broke this is going to make me.

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  • Volvo Crazy Jul 31, 2008

    I have a '97 850 with the same problem with increased frequency.

    I am able to shift after (while) pushing in the SHIFT-LOCK button, but feel as if I shouldn't have to do that to shift my car out of PARK.

    Also, my SERVICE ENGINE light is on and UP ARROW light flashing.

    I have owned this car for only 5 months and very frustrated.


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If the ABS light is on, it's probably the ABS controller. Try Victor Rocha at for help.

The shift lock sticking is probably the microswitch going/gone bad:

You also need to scan the computer for the check engine light. It may help illuminate the problem. Snort. :)

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