Q: Gear shift indicator says the car is in drive

asked by on

My gear shift lever is all the way forward, but the indicator shows it as being in drive, and I cannot move the gear shift lever. Additionally, I cannot start my car, even though the battery still works.

Hi there. There’s a retainer clip that adjusts the shift indicator in order to show what gear you’re in. A broken retainer clip will throw your adjustment off from showing the correct gear. This broken clip can also jam your shifter into place making it impossible for you to cycle through your gears. Because your vehicle is most likely not in the correct gear because of the broken linkage, it will not allow your vehicle to start. I would have a certified mechanic inspect your transmission and diagnose this issue in person.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 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
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Gear shift indicator says the car is in drive

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: Need to start my car after sitting for a year.

The recommendations for putting the car back into service is to remove and replace the old fuel in the fuel tank. Replace the fuel filter. Charge and test the battery and replace if needed. Change the oil and filter after...

Q: I have 2005 Chevy cobalt and it was running good then the next day I went out to crank it and wouldn't crank

If the car is starting but the problem is immediate stalling, the typical causes for such immediate stalling are a faulty mass airflow sensor, faulty engine coolant temperature switch/sensor (typically at cold start only), faulty camshaft or crankshaft position sensors,...

Q: Car shaking while idling.

If the engine shakes a little while driving this could be a fuel or ignition systems malfunction. If not enough fuel is being delivered to each cylinder or if the ignition system is not strong enough to burn the correct...

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 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...