Q: Can't shift bugger into neutral after a battery drain

asked by on

I'm a salesman and have been away for a while. I keep my car in the garage while driving the company car. I had an extended trip and forgot to ask my neighbor to drive my car and naturally the battery died. I also didn't think to back the car in, in case this happened and now my car won't shift into neutral. The shifter just won't move at all. Can you give me any suggestions how to get it out so I can get the battery jumped?

Try putting in the key and only turning it to the first position before the key turns on and try to shift the shifter to neutral. If this does not work then you can open the hood and use a jumper box or carry a battery in the garage to use as a jumper. You do not need to be hooked to a car. The other way would be to replace the battery if you can or get it out and then charge it. Hook up a trickle charge to the power outlet or direct to the battery and let it charge the battery. Last resort have a tow truck pull your car out of the garage.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Can't shift bugger into neutral after a battery drain

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: My trunk will not catch and stay closed

The trunk latch is replaced as an assembly with the pull down mechanism to pull down the trunk lid. If the latch will not raise when you open the lid then the entire latch needs replaced.

Q: Gears slipping on bus

Hello, there are two reasons the vehicle doesn't move. The first thing a mechanic will need to check is your clutch. They will look under the vehicle from outside and see if the drive shaft is spinning when you are...

Q: EPS problem

Hi there. This is a perfect example where having one of our professional mobile mechanics come to your location to complete a steering wheel will not turn inspection is the best option. One of our mechanics can come to your...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...