Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car is stuck in Park

asked by on

My car is stuck in Park. My gear shifter won't move, and my car is stuck in my garage. Is there some kind of override button I can use?

A: There is a solenoid that prevents the shift...

There is a solenoid that prevents the shifter from coming out of Park, unless your foot is firmly placed on the brake pedal. It is likely that the solenoid has failed and is not able to be activated to let the shifter come out of Park. This is a pretty common problem. Unfortunately, there is no override button to bypass this system. I would ask for help from a mechanic, possibly from YourMechanic, to diagnose the issue with your shifter not coming out of Park, to confirm whether the shift lock solenoid is faulty or not.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 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!

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: Car not shifting out of first

There is a common problem with shift solenoids on these cars going bad. You should get a code on the computer if that is the case. I would recommend having the transmission flushed by a certified mechanic. They have a...

Q: Problem starting car and dies while driving

This sounds like it could be a faulty crankshaft sensor or a camshaft sensor. These engines had problems with both. The hard start and the backfire may be the camshaft sensor. The stall and no start condition may be from...

Q: Speedometer and gears failed; car towed - 2009 Kia Borrego

It seems like the problem is one the shop may have not experienced just yet or they may have found a big problem and are trying to work with Kia directly for warranty or recall information. Take the vehicle back...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.