Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: I have an automatic transmission Impala and the sifter wont shift out of park

asked by on

I went to leave work today and my car wont shift out of park. the shifter just wont budge,
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hello there, many common faults will cause your 2009 Chevrolet Impala to be unable to shift from park. The most common causes are the shift interlock solenoid, neutral safety switch, brake switch, transmission shift linkage, or a wiring harness fault. In many cases your vehicle will have a emergency button that will allow the shifter to be moved. A qualified Technician such as one from YourMechanic will be able to diagnose your car will not shift out of park and make any repairs required.

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!
  • Home
  • Questions
  • I have an automatic transmission Impala and the sifter wont shift out of park

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: Has reverse, but no drive after sitting for months and was working before being parked.

A cause of this can be a stuck manual valve in the valve body. You can check to see if the shift linkage actually moves to the drive position when commanded. If it does, there is a hydraulic fault in...

Q: Air filter housing

If you are getting oil in the air filter housing, this is from the vapor line coming from your crankcase ventilation. The oil can be from a PCV valve that is clogged and in need of replacement. The valve relieves...

Q: Car won't move

The problem could be in the transmission itself or another component. Something like the throttle switch, or switches, can be to blame as well. Modern cars have done away with throttle cables so there is no mechanical link from the...

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...
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.