Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Key, ignition and transmission issues, shifters

asked by on

There seems to be something wrong with the shifter. I struggled to get the key out and finally did so by pushing the shifter to the left, into Park, but the shifter doesn't read that it is in Park. If it helps to know, my car has 189,000 miles. What is causing the problem and how do I fix it?

The most common cause of this could be:

A qualified technician, such as one from YourMechanic, will be able to diagnose this shifting fault, and perform 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

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: Car unlocked but can't open because both outside handles are broken.

Hi there. What a predicament. You may need to have a locksmith or one of our technicians assist you with opening the door on the inside from outside the vehicle. It sounds like the clips that hold the actuator rods/cables...

Q: Battery has failed

Hello. It sounds like you may have an electrical issue. If the battery failed recently and this occurred right after then you should check the fuses. When a battery is jumped or replaced the fuses can blow if something was...

Q: Rough and slipping automatic trans

The transmission in your car has many components that could cause the issue of slipping and transmission erratic shifting. Some of the repairs could be minor and others requiring major overhaul of the transmission or replacement with a remanufactured transmission....

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...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
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.