Q: Car turns on but shifter shuts off and car won't move.

asked by on

I have a 535i from 2008. When I turn the ignition on all functions of car work however as soon as I actually turn on the car the shifter shuts off and doesn't allow car to move.

My car has 122000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

What you are describing is likely an electrical fault involving the safety shift interlock. This problem can be diagnosed and resolved on a mobile basis, right at your location, if you request a transmission shift interlock diagnostic/repair. To temporarily resolve it, you can try the following: look for a small access panel right at the "D" mark. Lift that panel firmly which will reveal a mechanism beneath. Examine the underside of the cover and the inside of the mechanism for any foreign matter. The transmission can get stuck in park because the interlock that prevents the shifter from moving out of park when the brake is pressed becomes stuck in place with sticky soda or coffee. After cleaning the mechanism, press the brake and try moving the shifter out of park. If that doesn’t work, look for a small cam on the right side of the shift lever. Lift the cam up with the screwdriver to release the interlock. While lifting the cam, press the brake and move the shifter to neutral or drive. If none of these procedures work, simply request the transmission shift interlock diagnostic/repair and the responding certified mechanic will get this taken care of for you promptly. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic as we are always here to help you.

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 turns on but shifter shuts off and car won't move.

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: Q: Transmission in Limp Mode

Based on the service information I have, it seems like the most likely cause is an internal failure of your powertrain control module. Your headlights getting brighter when the engine revs higher indicates a charging system problem. The problem is...

Q: Linkage not working correctly

The problem most likely lies in either the shifter assembly or the linkage rod has become disconnected. The shifter and linkage rod need to be inspected for failure. You may want to enlist the help of a mechanic, such as...

Q: Want to know what this check engine code 190302 mean

This code relates to a fuel tank ventilation/purge system leak. Three years ago, BMW issued a Technical Service Bulletin - TSB that documents a common cause of the code, namely a defective pressure switch. While other faults can cause the...

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...
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...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...