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Q: My transmission is stuck on reverse but my shifter is on park. Can't move shifter at all.

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My shifter is on park but my dash says the actual transmission is on park. I can't move my shifter at all. Won't let me turn my engine, it's completely stuck

My car has 70000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hi, thanks for your question. I'd be ha...

Hi, thanks for your question. I'd be happy to offer my insight. I suggest checking the transmission shift cable connection at the transmission to see if the cable came loose from a defective cable end bushing.

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