Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car stuck in reverse kinda

asked by on

Yesterday i was changing my radio bezel so i had everything removed (including cig lighter) and i had dropped a small clip and i reached to get it and as i was reaching for it my hand moved the line thing that connects to the PRNDL, but i didnt move it so much that i think i messed something up, i barely grabbed/ moved it. Anyways about 3 hours after changing the bezel and putting everything back togethor i wanted to go to the store, and so i put it in reverse but it didnt work so i tried putting it into nuetral then reverse again and it worked, but when i put it in drive it was still in reverse, so i wanted to put it in nuetral to push it back in my driveway but not even nuetral worked, it was still stuck in reverse. i had to put it on the L for it to drive forward. I should also note that the car had not been moved at all that afternoon, so it was working fine before i changed out the radio bezel which leads me to think i messed something up. Im new with cars so i know nothing.

The symptoms you describe suggests that the linkage between the shifter and the "gear position indicator" (PRNDL) is no longer correctly connected, and possibly the neutral safety switch/transmission range selection sensor (don’t know which since you did not indicate the year, make and model of your vehicle) has lost it’s alignment with the shift linkage. All modern automatic transmission vehicles won’t start if not in Park or Neutral.

I would recommend having YourMechanic perform a shifting issue inspection to properly diagnose this problem, provide an accurate assessment of damage, and estimate the cost of repairs. YourMechanic can dispatch a mobile, professional mechanic to your location for this diagnostic and repairs.

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

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: Random shifting in and of neutral position

Hello. If the noise is only heard when shifting gears it is likely that you have a worn transmission or engine mount. I'd recommend getting some help from a certified technician who can diagnose your shifting issue firsthand and inspect...

Q: I have a 2002 Chrysler 300m that had been sitting up for a year. I replaced the rack and pinion but when backing up steering is hard.

Hi there. The issue with the steering being hard seems to be with the pump still having air in it. Start the engine and open the bleed valve slightly. Turn the steering wheel several times from left to right and...

Q: Will a bottle of Lucas transmission fluid fix my issue?

Hi there, thanks for writing in. Although Lucas makes an exceptional transmission fluid stabilizer, you should try to find out why the transmission is damaged in the first place. If the fluid level was drained to the right level and...

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...
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...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...