Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car not shifting out of park

asked by on

My car will not shift out of park.

A common issue is a faulty brake light switch. The switch controls two circuits one for the brake lights themselves and the other tells the transmission the brake is depressed and it is ok to shift out of park. Another possibility could be the brake pedal itself. You may want to enlist the help of a mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who will have the expertise to diagnose the brake light switch and pedal assembly and determine why your car is unable to move from park.

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: Im having hard time puting my truck into parking gear. Plus if i step on gas paddle i van hear noise from the buttom of the car.

Hello, and thank you for writing in. There could be one of several issues going on. Typically this is a sign that the shift linkage is loose, the shifter is loose, or the mechanism attaching the shift linkage to the...

Q: Got a check engine code of 1899

Hello. The symptoms you describe can be caused by a few different things. If you are showing code P1899, for a park / neutral safety switch that is stuck in gear then it may be possible that the switch needs...

Q: The car's back rear wheel is bent as if it were hit in the back, which it was. Is the control arm damaged?

If the control arm is bent, almost certainly the wheel will be bent first, not the other way around. If you jack up the rear, block the other wheels to be sure the car can't shift or roll, put the...

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...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
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.