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P0930 is a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) for "Gear Shift Lock Solenoid Circuit Low". This can happen for multiple reasons and a mechanic needs to diagnose the specific cause for this code to be triggered in your situation. Our certified mobile mechanics can come to your home or office to perform the Check Engine Light diagnostic for $70.00. Once we are able to diagnose the problem, you will be provided with an upfront quote for the recommended fix and receive $30.00 off as a credit towards the repair. All our repairs are backed by our 12-month / 12,000-mile warranty.
A P0930 trouble code is related to a vehicle’s automatic transmission and its shift lock solenoid that keeps the gear shifter from being moved out of park without the brake pedal pressed down.
P0930 is an OBD-II generic powertrain code for low voltage problem with the gear shift lock solenoid in that the powertrain control module (PCM) will not think the brake pedal is pressed. The gear shift lock solenoid works in conjunction with the brake light switch.
A P0930 will rarely have more than one cause, but others include:
Pure and simple, your gear shifter will not be able to shift out of park. Most modern automatic transmissions have a fail safe built in that can be accessed via a screwdriver.
Firstly, your mechanic will bypass the gear shift solenoid via an access panel usually near the shifter itself. If this works, the solenoid will be tested for continuity and then replaced.
While rare, low battery voltage can cause a gear shift solenoid to fail.
Not being able to shift out of park basically immobilizes a vehicle, so you could consider a P0930 serious. This does not cause serious damage to a vehicle though.
The most common repairs for a P0930 are as follows:
If you ever encounter a P0930, look at your shifter column for a visual tab that could be opened. This is the bypass and it can be used to shift the gear out of park. A small screwdriver will typically be used here.
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