Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: shifter wont engage

asked by on

I have an 96 olds cutlass ciera. I put into reverse and when I went to put into park the shifter was flopping around. I cant get out of reverse. I unplugged the battery so my back up lights wont drain the battery. help please.

pin was loose at base of shift lever. so I took out and put back in. no luck. same problem. cant seem to get shifter to engage and put back into park or drive or what have you.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: You may have to align the shift lever colla...

You may have to align the shift lever collar and lever correctly before you put the pin in. The shift color may have been broken. If you go under the dash by the brake pedal and look at the linkage to see if you can move it to park and then try putting lever back in. If you cannot fix it then have a mechanic come to inspect your shifting issue to see if the column is damaged or the shift lever can be reinstalled for you.

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!

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 runs rough, stalls, makes grinding noise - 1996 Chevrolet Corsica

Rough running can have many sources related to fuel supply, ignition misfire, dirty air intake sources, etc. Checking problem codes will instruct what components to examine next, as well as the grinding noise you noticed. I recommend having an expert,...

Q: There’s a big lag with the throttle

Hello, being a drivability issue it will require some diagnosis with a technician. If you can demonstrate it to the technician it would aid in diagnosis. It sounds like you might have low fluid level based on how you say...

Q: Hi I am changing the top Radiator Hose to my mothers 94 Oldsmobile.. I see 2 clamps and the shorter hose.. That's what I bought an

Hello, and thank you for writing in. Bleeding the cooling system is a process of removing the air from the system by allowing the thermostat to open and flush any air out. There is a bleeder screw located next 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...
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...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.