Q: car stuck in reverse. And won't star

asked by on

Hey. So I accidently turned my car off in reverse. Now the car thinks it's in reverse but I can move the shifter everywhere but park. And the key won't turn over but also won't come out the ignition. Any ideas?

My car has 70000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi Bee. Thanks for contacting us today. Quite often, the main reason why the gear shifter will become stuck in reverse is due to one of three things. First, the brake switch might be stuck or damaged. Second, the ignition key cylinder itself might be damaged or third - the shift linkage is stuck or there is an error code stuck in the ECU that is not allowing the shift solenoid activate. It’s hard to pinpoint the exact source of this type of problem without completing a car is hard to shift inspection, so you might want to have a professional mechanic come to your location to help you here.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. car stuck in reverse. And won't star

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: Shifts but won't go into drive, reverse, or neutral.

Hi there. Check the transmission fluid level and see if its full and the color red. If the transmission fluid is low, then top it off and see if there are any external leaks and see if the transmission will...

Q: I hear a whooshing sound when I turn the steering wheel. If I make a sharp turn, I hear a grinding sound coming from the back. ???

Hi there. In most cases, the rear knocking sound is caused by the driveshaft, drive axles, differential gears, transmission mount, or the rear struts. The sound you're experiencing is very difficult to diagnose, but could be caused by the power...

Q: I have an 07 dodge charger 2.6v6 with 180000miles. My codes are P0420 and P0339.. Wat is wrong and wat do i need to purchase. O2s?

Hi there. Unfortunately, without completing a physical inspection, tell you exactly what parts you need to resolve these codes is simply not practical. I would highly recommend reading these two articles highlighted in blue; P0420 Article & P0330 Article as...

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...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...