Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Gear shift lever stuck in neutral

asked by on

The gear shift lever is stuck on neutral.

Hi there. If the gear shift lever will not move then the shifter assembly has more than likely failed. It is common for the shift interlock solenoid to fail and lock the shifter in place, or for the shift cable to fail. If the shifter will not move at all I typically start by removing the shift cable from the transmission to see if the shifter will move. If it does then the transmission has a problem. If it still will not move then the shifter will need to be taken apart. If you are looking to have this done, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to your home or office to diagnose your shifting issue.

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

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Gear shift lever stuck in neutral

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: Gears are out

Hello, if is and automatic transmission, then the fluid level should be checked first. If the fluid level is low, it should be topped up to the full mark and see if operation returns to normal. If the fluid level...

Q: Intermittent not starting

The important thing to understand is that bad connections are the culprit with symptoms such as this. A connection may look good on visual inspection, but could still be faulty. Your Volvo has several factors that must be considered. Your...

Q: I have an oil leak on a2000 s40 it appears to be coming from the solenoid for the can sensor and the valve cover I've replaced th

Locating oil leaks can be challenging. There are a few common culprits with every car. The general rule is always look up above where you see the oil. In your case, there are at least three distinct places that commonly...

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 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...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...