Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car stuck in park

asked by on

My car is stuck in park.

First of all, be sure that you are fully depressing the brake pedal. With modern day vehicles, the shifter will not move out of park without the brake pedal depressed as a standard safety feature. If this is not fixing the issue, a proper inspection of your transmission should be carried out by a qualified technician such as the ones offered here at YourMechanic. Due to the fact that there can be multiple issues causing your particular problem a professional opinion would be the best way to go. Mechanical linkage failure could be a possibility. Another possibility could be a failed brake pedal sensor, in this case the computer doesn’t see the brand pedal sensor depressed and will not release to allow movement out of 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!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Car stuck in park

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 1991 Mercury Cougar LS has a replaced alternator and new battery but it seems the battery dies over night and the car will not start.

Hi there. It seems that there is a Parasitic Load on your battery. This is a load of something on when the key is out of the ignition switch and the doors shut. To check this condition perform the following:...

Q: Code P0720 and truck does not shift normally.

Hi there. The code that you are getting is for the output speed sensor of the transmission. I change quite a few of these as they are a common issue. I would have this replaced first and clear the codes....

Q: Center colum under console/armrest gets very hot at times. AC and heat work fine. It gets so he that I feel it's unsafe.

This is common due to the fact that just underneath this area is where the transmission and drive train is located which generates a lot of heat. I would recommend having a certified expert, like one from YourMechanic, come to...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
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...
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...