Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Gear shift locked up

asked by on

My gear shift is locked up and will not shift.

Does the shifter move out of park? If the shifter moves but the car does not come out of park something has broken in your shifter. If you can not move the shifter out of park there is a problem with the shift lock in your vehicle. This system does not allow the shifter to come out of park unless the driver’s foot is hold the brake pedal. I would ask for help from one of the mechanics at YourMechanic to diagnose why your car will not come out of park.

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: TCM causes engine light to come on, but no transmission problems - is it safe to drive it?

The first thing I would do is scan the vehicle for codes to determine if the TCM is still the issue. If codes for the TCM appear, depending on the code and the problem, you may be fine to drive...

Q: Heater temperature does not come up when you raise the temp.

Hi there. It sounds like a servo for the temperature control has failed. If the coolant level is full and the engine is reaching operating temperature, then there should be heat available. Make sure that the vents are not set...

Q: Car overheating and leaking

It sounds like you have a coolant leak. The most common coolant leak I've seen on your vehicle make and model is the intake manifold. The intake manifold is made of plastic and cannot withstand high temperatures like metals can....

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...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...