Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Shift Indicator (Automatic Transmission)

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Cost of Replacing a Bad or Failing Shift Indicator (Automatic Transmission)

Common signs include the Check Engine Light coming on, the wrong gear reading, and the shift indicator not moving. Our certified technicians can come to you and diagnose the problem. You will receive a $30 credit towards any follow-up repairs that result from the diagnostic. Following are example prices for Shift Indicator (Automatic Transmission) Replacement. Click on the button below to get an upfront quote for your car.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2018 Honda Accord $154 $62.95 $91.00 24% $202.70
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How to Diagnose a Bad or Failing Shift Indicator (Automatic Transmission)?

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The shift indicator is located next to the gearshift assembly. As soon as you move the vehicle into gear, the shift indicator will let you know what gear you are in. For example, when you move from park to drive, the indicator will light up the D and the P will no longer be illuminated. Some vehicles use an arrow, but most have a lighting system that will indicate what gear your car is currently in. If you suspect your shift indicator is going bad, watch for the following symptoms:

1. Check Engine Light comes on

The Check Engine Light comes on for a variety of reasons and one of them is the shift indicator going bad. As soon as this light comes on, it is important to get your vehicle to a mechanic so the vehicle’s problem can be properly diagnosed. The shift indicator may be going bad, but so many other parts in the shifting system, such as cable can also cause the fault. It is important to have the right part diagnosed and replaced so your vehicle is safe to drive again.

2. Wrong gear reading

When you put your vehicle in drive, but it goes into neutral, then your shift indicator is not reading right. This can be a hazardous situation because your vehicle could act unexpectedly, and you will not know which gear your vehicle is really in. It is important to contact a professional mechanic to have your shift indicator replaced as soon as you notice this symptom to avoid problems.

3. Shift indicator does not move

If you move the gear selector and the shift indicator does not move at all, then there is a problem with the indicator. This could be a misalignment problem, which can be solved with an adjustment by a mechanic or there may be a more serious problem. In addition, the shift indicator could be going bad, so it is a good idea to have a professional diagnose the issue so all of the problems can be resolved at once.

As soon as you notice the Check Engine Light, the wrong gear reading, or the shift indicator does not move, call a mechanic immediately to further diagnose the problem. The shift indicator is an important part of your vehicle and is a safety hazard if it is broken. Therefore, you should get this issue fixed as soon as you notice the symptoms.

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Kurt

35 years of experience
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Kurt
35 years of experience
Kurt was professional, diagnosing the problem and advising me what to do to get the car fixed. He set it up so that I was able to drive the car while awaiting thevordered part. He was on time and I appreciated the call upon his arrival.
2007 HYUNDAI ENTOURAGE - SHIFT INDICATOR (AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION) - BOYNTON BEACH, FLORIDA

Deane

8 years of experience
104 reviews
Deane
8 years of experience
Deane is awesome! Very willing to listen and answer any questions or concerns you may have about your vehicle. I wasn't sure what part I needed, but described to him what lead to pieces in my car shifter breaking apart. He ordered the correct assembly, arrived early with it, and had my car up and running within an hour. He pointed out that the wire harness behind my shifter lookes like it may have gotten wet (it's directly below the cup holders) and shorted out. This was likely the reason that prevented my car from shifting out of park before the shifter assembly broke. He also stayed to inspect my vehicle after the repair. I was skeptical about using Your Mechanic before today, but will now recommend to all my friends and family. Very pleased that I did not have to tow my vehicle to an auto repair shop and overall it was a great experience. Thank you Your Mechanic and thank you Deane!
2006 CHRYSLER PACIFICA - SHIFT INDICATOR (AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION) - OCEANSIDE, CALIFORNIA

Nathan

14 years of experience
65 reviews
Nathan
14 years of experience
Very friendly man, got right to work and was able to handle my situation faster than anticipated
2008 CHRYSLER PT CRUISER - SHIFT INDICATOR (AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION) - AUSTIN, TEXAS

Matthew

8 years of experience
136 reviews
Matthew
8 years of experience
He was fantastic
1993 FORD F-150 - SHIFT INDICATOR (AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION) - LAS VEGAS, NEVADA

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