Question about 2005 Dodge Magnum
The solenoid that operates the cable to unlock the shifter is activated by the brake light circuit, 1st thing to do is verify the brake lights work, if they don't then that is the problem, if they do then the gear shifter release solenoid is at fault.
Posted on Oct 09, 2008
I had the same problem and the reset button did not work, but I found that there is a cable to the front and left of the shifter, and if you pull that cable in a SW direction, then I could move the gearshift at the same time. Temporary, obviously, but at least you can get it where you need it. Still don't know what the replacement part is that I need. Can anyone help with that?
Posted on Sep 30, 2008
This is probably happening because, underneath your shift console, there is a lever that keeps you from shifting from park without the keys in. The best way I found to fix this was, there are 6 screws, that keep you from getting to it, they are pretty visible, two right in front of the passenger and driver seat, 2 closer to where your feet would be if you were sitting in those seats, and two at the back of the e-brake console. Take this entire plastic off and you'll find that when you sit in your passenger seat, you can see a piece that is most likely dirty from spilled drinks and such, and if you push it, it may not budge, this is a solenoid, this is that piece that is keeping you from shifting from park, I recommend keeping and cleaning the solenoid if your solenoid is not completely corroded, in my case, I had to just destroy the entire thing.
The reason that solenoid piece is why you can't shift from park is because you have that solenoid piece, underneath your shifter, and when you push the button, it's hitting the solenoid. The reason for this is, the fact that your shifter uses a small cylindrical piece to guide and stay in gears, and that small cylindrical piece is probably hitting your solenoid.
Posted on Mar 25, 2009
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Posted on Aug 30, 2010
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