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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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Hard shifting out of gear 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe
Hello - your symptoms suggest that either the shifter itself has stiffened up (needs grease and bushings?), or the shifter linkage inside the transmission has been damaged and is stiff. Disconnect the shifter cable at both ends, and try shifting...
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Only seem to have 4 Low forward and reverse and reverse 4 HI only.
The transfer case may have damaged the shifter rail or the synchronizer on the shifter rail. I recommend seeking out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you diagnose your transfer case.
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My transmission pops out of gear.
The software update that was performed on your vehicle maybe for a vehicle with a different transmission. Check the version of software that was installed in your car and verify what model that it refers to for your transmission.
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Transmission runs good ,the select shift won't shift
Hello. The warning light you are referring to is not one we know by that name. Check your owner's manual for more information on what the warning lights mean and how critical they are to service. If the vehicle has...
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Transmission pops out of gear
Your car has an electronically controlled transmission. The strange behavior may be due to a bad switch on the column, or there may be some reason why the program doesn't want it to shift into Drive or Reverse. Maybe it's...
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My transmission has only second gear.
Hi there. Either the transmission has multiple bent shifter forks on the top of the transmission or the transmission counter shaft has many broken teeth keeping the second gear only the active gear. I recommend seeking out a professional, such...
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Car wont go into gear 2001 Toyota Celica
Hello - yes, the problem could be inside your transmission, most likely the shifter mechanism internal to the transmission. It is also possible - and hopefully more likely for you - that one or both of the [shifter](https://www.yourmechanic.com/article/3-essential-things-to-know-about-your-car-s-gear-shifter cables have...
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I have an automatic shifter that suddenly got loose. I no longer need to push in the button to shift from park to drive.
It sounds as though you have probably had a shifter cable break, or a corresponding part of the shift linkage. Of course, it may have been the shifter has failed, but it is more than likely the shift cable, as...
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The shift stick button is stuck can't get it out of park? 2001 Pontiac Grand Am
Hi there - this problem sounds like the shifter interlock mechanism is malfunctioning. There can be, however a number of pieces to this simple-sounding mechanism. The electrical relay that physically releases the interlock may not be working (fuse, or failure...
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The shift gear is loose and wont change in to park
The most common cause of the problem is a broken shift tube in the steering column is not moving the shift cable. You need to have a mechanic like one from YourMechanic remove steering column covers and inspect shift tube...
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Shifter loose transmission stuck 1992 Ford F150
Hi there - unhook the shifter from the transmission lever, and try to move the transmission lever to the Park position. If this is successful, start working your way back towards the shift lever on the column. Re-connect the cable...
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Dave, I came back to work from lunch break and while attempting to park in the lot the lever wasn't going past reverse. Mitsubishi
Hello - it sounds like the shifter cable attachment to either the shifter or the transmission itself has loosened, or completely come apart. It is also possible that the cable liner has worn out, and there is enough loose motion...
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Steering wheel won't lock. Yellow steering lock warning on dash. Only comes on when removing fob.
Hi there. The issue seems to be the shifter interlock solenoid may be malfunctioning causing the steering wheel lock to not release or not engage. I suggest having the computer scanned for any codes that would be stored or pending...
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Transmission shifter cables came off.
Look around the transmission and look to see where the shifter cable is attached. Feel the shifter cable and see if it is indeed damaged or broken. If the cable is broken, then it will need to be replaced. If...
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Automatic transmission - Why would shifter cable break? The car was transported from Florida to CT and was hardly driven.
Some towing companies will remove the shifter cable to the transmission to prevent anyone from stealing the vehicle on the rig when the rig is parked overnight. This includes removing the battery cables as well. It is not likely to...
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Car won't move only buzzes when in gear and rolls in park.
Check the shifter cable to the transmission and see if it has broken off the transmission. The buzzing noise is the hydraulic fluid going around the main valve on the transmission and the valve is stuck in between a gear....
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Car doesn't move when in gear 2007 Ford Focus
Hello - there are several possibilities here: first, perhaps the shifter cable(s) have broken, or detached themselves from the shifter or transmission, and you're not really in gear (hope for this - this is the least expensive to fix. Second...
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I shifted the lever to drive mode, but it goes to reverse mode. What is the problem?
You are very nearly right. There is a bowden type cable that connects the the shifter to the transmission. It has adjustable ends and one or more of those adjustments has probably worked loose. That or you might need a...
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Hello. I have a question about my 1999 Olds Bravada (AWD). I am having issues with my shifter. To start with, my shifter will n
This will have to be evaluated first hand by a trained professional especially as more than one issue could be occurring here. If you request a shift mechanism/manual lever/cable inspection, the responding certified mechanic will identify the underlying fault and...

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