Q: Gear selector stuck in park

asked by on

The gear selector is stuck in Park, and I cannot start my car. AAA had replaced a band that had come off, and the car worked fine. I think this might be the same problem.

Hello. This is a common problem in both Chevrolet and GMC trucks and SUVs of that year. The safety system requires pushing on the brake to start the vehicle, so the problem is likely that the brake switch on the pedal assembly has come loose, and does not activate. If the brake switch is firmly connected, then you must access the shifter mechanism, and locate a release button on the side, to allow the lever to move. Beyond this, there may be a mechanical failure of the shifter mechanism. As the solution likely requires an involved job, it would be best to enlist the help of a qualified and experienced technician in determining the source and cause of your shifting issue.

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. Gear selector stuck in park

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: Transmission stopped forward backward

Hello. There could be an electrical problem with the transmission. Some of the wiring to the transmission could have been damaged from road debris or the computer for the transmission has failed. There may also be some internal parts of...

Q: My car won't shift out of first gear at all.

Thanks for writing in about the transmission problem with your 1999 Mercedes-Benz S320. Typically the issue you're speaking about is a result of overheating inside of the automatic transmission. The overheating can be caused by dirty transmission fluid, or low...

Q: Engine died while driving, won’t start, but it will turn over

You should first have computer scanned to see if there is stored codes for one of the engine sensors like the crankshaft sensor or camshaft sensor to fix the no start.

Related articles

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...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...