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Q: Car wont shift into drive with dead battery

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Does the vehicle require a charged battery to shift it into Drive? I just want to at least push the car to avoid a citation.

My car has 110000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Rather than trying to shift into drive, try...

Rather than trying to shift into drive, try shifting into neutral. If you are trying to move the vehicle, drive will lock it in gear, but neutral will allow the wheels to spin freely. If you are having difficulties shifting out of park, you may be having an issue with the shift lock solenoid. There should be a manual shift release located somewhere near the shifter.

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