Trans shift selector lock-up

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by David Henderson, Apr 5, 2004.

  1. Anyone experienced the shift selector locking up in Park on the auto trans?
    What causes it?
    David Henderson, Apr 5, 2004
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  2. David Henderson

    Orienteer Guest

    Can lock up if you park on an incline and don't use the handbrake. Friction
    holds the parking pawl in place so it can't be disengaged.
    Orienteer, Apr 6, 2004
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    Mike Guest

    When my '01 OBW was new it would stick in Park. Of course the dealer
    couldn't duplicate the problem. The work-around seemd to be to slap
    the shifter back and forth in the gate with my foot on the brake and
    it would shift OK.

    Mike, Apr 6, 2004
  4. Some bits of info:

    - there is a safty mechanizm that keeps you from shifting from Park if your
    foot is not on the brake

    - you can hear it click, it should sound a click when you press the break

    - it should shift out of an incline just fine, the parking brake is designed
    to do that... if it doesnt it's probably worn out and needs servicing

    - there is a tiny little door to the upper right, on the plastic panel near
    the lever, use a screw driver to open the door (gently) and flip the switch.
    (Its a mechanical over-ride I think)

    That should get you going.
    Sparky Polastri, Apr 6, 2004
  5. Thanks for the info
    David Henderson, Apr 8, 2004
  6. David Henderson

    R Guest

    Does the "P" light up?
    R, Apr 11, 2004
  7. David Henderson

    Edward Hayes Guest

    Shift selector will be very hard to move from park if you parked on a hill
    without first setting the emergency brake before shifting into park.
    Edward Hayes, Apr 12, 2004
  8. David Henderson


    Mar 3, 2019
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    I have this problem shift selector is broke. Did your get fixed?
    lornadoone, Mar 3, 2019
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