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The shift interlock solenoid needs to be replaced if the vehicle cannot shift out of park and the battery is not dead.
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Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Throttle Body
Common signs include dirt, grime, and carbon deposits on the inside of the housing, electrical problems, vacuum leaks, and a very poor or high idle.
How to Replace a Console Shift Indicator Bulb
Console shift indicator bulbs allow you to view your gears in the dark. This bulb can either last the life of the car or break unexpectedly.
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How to Shift From First to Second Gear in a Manual Transmission Car
Shifting from first to second gear in a manual transmission requires accuracy and practice, as well as a feel for the car.
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How a Hydraulic Clutch System Works
If your car transmission has a hydraulic clutch, chances are you’re wondering exactly how it works within your shifting system. Most clutches, especially on older vehicles, work by means of a cog system that...
How a Clutch Engages and Disengages
In your car transmission, the clutch is a device that works to engage and disengage the moving parts of your drive shaft. For purposes of this discussion, we’ll focus on manual transmissions....
How a Manual Transmission Works
A manual transmission helps a vehicle achieve a desired speed through the use of gears, a clutch, and a shifter. It works like this: when the driver wants to shift gears, he or she...
3 Essential Things to Know About Your Car’s Gear Shifter
The gear shifter allows the vehicle to be put into different gears on a manual transmission. In an automatic transmission, the gear shifter is known as a gear selector. The gear shifter is...
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Your shift boot is an important part in your car that is attached to our gear stick. This is what you use to shift gears, and it works as a great way...

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Truck won't shift out of reverse but the shifter is in park.
Hi there. There are two different things that could be happening. Either the shifter cable is broken and came off the shifter linkage on the transmission or the transmission rod inside the transmission pan that connects to the main valve...
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Wont shift out of park
Hello, thank you for writing in. If the brake lights are working, you may assume the brake light switch is working. Keep it in the back of your mind however, as the symptoms of a failing switch can differ. The...
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Gear shift very hard to move
Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle's shifter uses cables and linkage to communicate what gear it is in. If it is difficult to move, there is likely a mechanical error with these cables. This would also explain why...
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I have a 2005 Mercedes benz cl500. The car won't start and my shifter is showing reverse. How do I start it?
Your car has an electronic shifter module and unfortunately, that is a common failure. It may be telling the control module that the car is not in park so the start is not enabled. But don't go out and buy...
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Clutch 2001 Audi TT Quattro
Hi - your symptoms must seem confusing! If your clutch works as expected in all but 1st gear, this indicates that the clutch is probably just fine, but there is a problem with the shifter not selecting 1st gear, or...
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Loose gearbox that won't find 2nd or 5th gear, sometimes hard to differentiate between 1st and 3rd.
There are a couple of possibilities. The first thing that comes to mind is of course the shifter itself. There is a nylon ball and socket joint at the base of the gearshift lever that sometimes falls apart, making the...
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My gear shifter and key are stuck in my 2006 Volkswagen Passat
Hello. It sounds like you have a battery issue. When the battery dies it will cause these system to lock due to the lack of voltage. I would start by checking the battery. If the battery is fine then it...
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2013 Chevy Cruze gear shifter was pulled out of park without brake pedal being applied now it will flow through all gears without the brakes.
Hi there. If the shifter is able to move without the brakes being pressed, then the brake switch (which also has the neutral safety switch built in it) in not working. Check the harness to the switch and see if...
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Linkage needs adjusted.
The cable that needs adjusted is the kickdown cable for the transmission. This controls the throttle valve on the transmission which keeps line pressure higher than the shift pressure to prevent the transmission from stack shifting. If you need further...
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2011 ford escape gear shift wont more from park to drive from time to time.
Hi there. The interlock solenoid in the shifter housing is not working and is causing the shifter to stay locked in the park position. This solenoid works with the brake switch. Check the brake switch and see if there is...
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Loss of gears and propulsion.
Hi there. The issue could be the interlock solenoid in the steering column causing the shifter to not move once its in the park position. If the solenoid is working, then check the cable on the shifter to see if...
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1989 ford truck stuck in drive but the shifter goes to all of the gears selections with no change.
Hi there. Check the shifter cable and see if it has came off the transmission or if the cable has broken. If the cable is connected to the transmission and the transmission shift lever is moving, then the main valve...
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The interior lights won't turn on and the shift lock is stuck.
Check the fuses on the inside the panel in the cab. Look for any blown fuses and replace the fuses with new ones. If the fuses are good, then there could be an electrical issue within the cab. Look for...
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Thinking of buying a different car. I found one online and took it for a test drive. It has a few concerns. Is it worth investing?
Hi there. With the problems that you have mentioned, this could be an expensive fix, depending on what is wrong with the clicking sound and what is wrong with the transmission. The clicking sound is more of a CV Shaft...
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Why won't my car drive and won't stay in park I have to use my e break
The transmission is shifted using the shifter and connected to a cable to the transmission selector shaft then controls the transmission gear selection. If you cannot select a gear or vehicle rolls when in park then you need to have...
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Gear shifter spring popped off
Hello, thank you for writing in. Inside of the steering column, where the lever actually connects and controls the linkage to the transmission is where that spring should be. There is typically a retaining clip that holds the spring at...
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Shift stick is loose 2007 Chevrolet Impala
Hello - the symptoms you describe are most likely caused by a loose or worn out shifter cable. It may have even become disconnected on the transmission end of the cable. I recommend a shifter cable replacement performed by a...
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Steering wheel and reverse issue.
Hello - your symptoms describe problems with the shift linkage; either the shifter cable, or the shifter interlock components. Worn components or a failure of the interlock, are preventing recognition of the electronics that you are in Park or Neutral,...
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My car wont start the indicator show its on reverse but its on parking 2008 Nissan Xterra
Hi there - your symptoms suggest that the shifter cable has worn sufficiently to prevent proper gear selection, or has come loose from either the shifter or the transmission proper. I recommend a shifter inspection performed by a mobile, professional...
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What other issues are there if you have a locked shifter?
Check the shifter interlock solenoid and see if it has failed or lost power. The shifter interlock solenoid keeps the transmission in park without moving the shifter automatically and also prevents the shifter from going into park when the vehicle...

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