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Issues while shifting into park - 2011 Land Rover LR4
Hello. It sounds like the parking pawl inside the transmission might be failing. When an automatic transmission is put into park, it is mechanically shifted into neutral and the pawl will engage a gear connected to the output shaft of...
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Car put in park, started reversing, gear shifter stuck - 2014 Cadillac ATS
Hi! There may be a misadjustment between the shift lever and the transmission that caused this issue. A fault with shifter operation could also be to blame. The failure to restart may actually be due to the safety switch that...
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car stuck in drive and won't shift - Ford Expedition
If your vehicle will not shift gears and is stuck in the drive position I believe one of two things may have happened. Either your transmission has experienced some damage internally that is preventing the transmission from being able to...
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Can't shift out of park - 2007 Dodge Sprinter 3500
Hi there, thanks for writing in about your 2007 Dodge Sprinter. It looks like there is a technical service bulletin that addressed the issue. The electronic shift module will need reprogrammed by the dealer to repair the shifter shifting out...
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Truck shuts off, hard to restart - 2000 Dodge Ram 2500
Hello. The neutral safety switch should be checked for proper operation. There could also be a problem with the glow plugs and turbo system. Another possibility is that the fuel injectors may be causing the problem you are experiencing. Have...
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Difficulty getting into Park gear
Hello. It sounds like you have an issue with the park lock solenoid. This part is located inside of the shifter assembly. When it fails, it will engage and either keep the vehicle from coming out of park or will...
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When put in drive, transmission automatically shifts to park
Hello. Since the car is still relatively new, I do not have any information on this problem at moment. If you took it to the dealer, then they are aware of the problem and currently do not have a fix...
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Car shakes when put in park
You should start by checking for a failed head gasket. With the overheating and coolant loss you describe, followed by very rough running suggests one or more cylinders have lost compression, causing the engine to shake. It's also worth having...
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Adding park assist - 2014 Mercedes Benz CLA250
The car may or may not have the basic infrastructure to support this feature. Most established auto manufacturers do not support "field modifications" such as this for warranty and reputation reasons. Look for an automotive customizer in your area that...
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Parking brake is locked up.
The car can still be towed. Often, the metal wires cables that control the mechanical parking brake may rust in their insulation and that causes the cable to bind and seize. These systems can fail in both the released position...
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How do you release the hand brake when the button is jammed?
Sometimes if you pull up on the parking brake too hard then it may be hard to release. The easiest way to release it is to push on the button while pulling up on the parking brake lever. It may...
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In park, the engine just keeps revving.
Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. There is an issue with the security system. The security is active and needs to be disabled. If the security is active, then the engine will act out and have a low rpm...
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Cannot shift out of park and the engine won't start
Hello. The shift interlock system keeps your car in park until you turn the key and step on the brake. It will not release the shifter until these two things occur. The first thing you need to do is...
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My car is jerking for an unknown reason
Hey there. This may be a sign of a failing transmission control module or low transmission fluid. The transmission control module (TCM) helps regulate fuel efficiency and power while storing information about the transmission system in its memory. A faulty...
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Hard to turn steering wheel when on park.
Hey there. There is a check valve in the power steering pump that quite often sticks after a rebuild. Since these are "restoration" components, they tend to sit on shelves longer than present-day parts. Tap lightly on the power steering...
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My car is racing in park
Hey there. This is usually a sign of a vacuum leak or a faulty or dirty idle air control valve. The idle air control valve is a unit that reads the air coming into the motor as it is mixed...
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Engine died when I parked, as if it was turned off. It will turn over, but won't start. Could it be my MAF sensor?
Hi there. First check the transmission position sensor to see if the wiring harness has a short to ground or the sensor is failing. This sensor will cause the engine to shut off in the event that the computer...
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Steering wheel stiff when parking
Hey there. The two main components for your power steering system are the steering pump and the rack & pinion steering unit. If the power steering pump was run low on fluid for a period of time, it may have...
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The truck won't shift out of park so thinking that it's the park shift interlock solenoid? Is that a good possibility that's what
Hi there. First thing to check would be, whether the brake lights are functioning at the time it won't shift out of park. There is a possibility, there is a poor connection at the fuse. It could be, a faulty...
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Why is my key getting stuck in the ignition when turning off my car and being difficult to shift out of park?
Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. The vehicle unable to shift out of park is the shifter lock solenoid. The solenoid has a short within in it or it has failed. Remove the shifter housing from the vehicle and turn...

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