Q: Gear shift stuck, but car does start.

asked by on

My car will start, but the gear shift won't move. I believe it might be the brake interlock system switch.

First of all, there is an emergency release button found on the right hand side of the shifter housing. This can be accessed by removing a trim panel. This will help you get your vehicle out of park. The root of the problem is likely broken wiring going to the shifter assembly, as this is a common problem with vehicles of the same year, make and model as yours. However, the problem could be in some other part of the shift interlock system, such as the brake switch or shift solenoid. A professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic, will be able to https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/car-is-hard-to-shift-inspection your vehicle and give you a definitive answer.

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

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 stuck, but car does start.

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: Check gauge light is on. Air stops cooling

The Check Gauge Light comes on to prompt you to look at one of the gauges that is high, such as the coolant gauge for the engine overheating. If the A/C has stopped cooling, then you may have a cooling...

Q: I brought a 2006 Infiniti g35 coupe. When I start it up it sounds like a race car, when I press the gas it gets louder until I let

The previous owner might have modified the air intake (a box like component holds the intake filter) but the noise you are referring to is probably caused by a defective exhaust and/or aftermarket exhaust parts which result in excessive noise....

Q: how much will it be to replace the fuel injectores?

Related articles

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...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.