Q: Gear shifter stuck.

asked by on

The gear shifter won't engage. There is a hole to release it, but it doesn't do anything. We can start the van, but can't engage the gear shift.

A: The system is controlled by the brake pedal...

The system is controlled by the brake pedal and brake switch. The brake then operates the shift lock solenoid. If you cannot manually release it then the shifter mechanism may be binding. My recommendation is to have a qualified mechanic check the system to see why the shifter will not release.

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!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: I heard a loud pop when driving on the expressway then noticed my C/H gague was going all the way up to the H do you think you can

This sounds like you broke the serpentine belt for the water pump, or one of the hoses came off, causing a loss of coolant, and the engine to overheat. Have the overheating issue diagnosed, and have the serpentine belt replaced,...

Q: Several warning lights, overheated, weird noise and bad smell after being jump started.

Hello, My name is Jordan and I would like to try and help you the best I can. There are a few possibilities with the symptoms you are having. The most common with what you have described is you may...

Q: Car has chirping sound possibly from the belt

That sounds like a horrible experience. Instead of making another appointment with them, have another mechanic come and replace the belt or at least check it out for you. The noise can be due to a dried out and cracked...

Related articles

P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
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...