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Q: Gearshift not working

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The car will not shift into gear. It won't start and the shifting lever in the car just moves smoothly back in forth and the gear won't catch. When I shifted into Park, it sounded like something broke. There was an audible noise from under the car.

A: It sounds like the mechanical shift linkage...

It sounds like the mechanical shift linkage connecting your shifter to the transmission gear selector has broke. The shifter is a mechanical component which is used every time the vehicle is driven, so it is more susceptible to failure. However, the linkage can be replaced. First, a proper inspection of the linkage should be performed by a qualified technician to verify that the shift linkage is actually broken.

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