Q: Shifter not changing gears

asked by on

The gears won't shift out of park, though the shifter does from park to neutral to drive very easily. It is almost like the shifter is disconnected from the gears inside the gear box.

This is a common issue. The shifter in the car is connected via a cable to the actual lever on the transmission. The cables usually use a plastic clip to hold them in place. Over time the clip breaks and the cables come off the lever. The symptom is almost identical to what you are describing. A physical inspection of the cable is necessary to verify. A mechanic, like one from YourMechanic, should be able to inspect why the car won’t shift out of park, verify the cable is the issue, and repair it if this is the case.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 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
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Shifter not changing gears

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: My car needs to be jumped like every other day why?

This sounds like the battery is weak and cannot hold a charge very well. Have the battery tested to see if a replacement is needed. Then check charging system to make sure it is in good working order. Your problem...

Q: Blower Fan Run Very Slow At All Speed Selections

The speed of the fan blowing is generally controlled by the resistor which you have already replaced. Occasionally, the blower motor itself can fail also causing this type of problem, however it sounds like you have replaced this also. The...

Q: Warning light intermittently appears when in Drive

Hello. If this problem started right after the CPU was replaced, then it is usually because it was not programmed correctly. If it was installed correctly and programmed, then the connections at the battery and the ground connections need to...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
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...
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...