Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car will not shift gears, stuck in neutral.

asked by on

I was going to park my car when I got home but when I went to switch the gear to park the car seemed to stay in Neutral, even though the gear knob was on P for park. I had to keep my foot on the break and realized that even thought the gear knob moved up and down freely from the top to bottom the car still had the N for neutral on the dashboard. The car turns on and off fine so I'm really not sure what is going on. It won't accelerate nor will it reverse (with reverse pedal) or park either. The only way I could park it was with the Emergency brake. Please help!!

My car has 199758 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hello - your symptoms suggest a failure or ...

Hello - your symptoms suggest a failure or disconnect of the shifter linkage to the transmission (whether cable or mechanical linkage). Most likely, this is external to the transmission, and can be repaired without having to get inside the transmission. Since you don’t have "Park", this becomes more of a safety issue - and quick repair is essential. I would recommend having the vehicles transmission linkage inspected as soon as possible. A mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, will come to your location, diagnose this problem, give you an accurate assessment of damage and cost estimate for 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: Ford Explorer not starting. Low miles.

In order for an engine to start it needs a charged battery, a working starter, properly functioning ignition switch and ignition system, a fuel system that is working correctly, good wiring and connections throughout, and a free rotating engine (unseized)....

Q: Brakes make squeaking noise on 2006 BMW 530xi

Hello, thanks for writing in about your 2006 BMW 530xi. If the rear has been fully investigated and repaired, the squeaking sound is likely coming from the front. The sound may be from warped rotors, worn pads, or glazed friction...

Q: It is hard to shift into gear

Without knowing what year your vehicle is, I don't know if your clutch is hydraulic or cable-operated, so I will cover both. If it is cable-operated, it is possible that the cable is simply out of adjustment. If it is...

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...
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...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.