Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: When put in drive, transmission automatically shifts to park

asked by on

My car has gone 17,000 miles. It has an automatic transmission that's been acting up lately. I went to the dealership several times but the issue persists. When I start the car and put it in drive, it would shift to park by itself. New software was installed after this happened. This occurred again however. On one occasion I had to push the car to make space for another vehicle. So, I tried putting it in neutral first and after pushing the car shortly, I managed to get it running without any issues. I tried this once more after that and it seems to solve the problem. However, I'd like to fix this as I'm in fear that it would automatically shift to park in the middle of traffic. What might be causing this?

A: Hello. Since the car is still relatively ne...

Hello. Since the car is still relatively new, I do not have any information on this problem at moment. If you took it to the dealer, then they are aware of the problem and currently do not have a fix yet. I would suggest checking in again soon with the dealer to see if they have an update on the fix. I can only think that your brakes are not signaling and they are on so you can go out of park and into drive. Check the brake lights to see if they work. You may want to have another expert inspect the shifting issue to get a second opinion on what's happening with the car.

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・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Vibration/Wobble When Accelerating From Low Speeds

Hi there. I would definitely start with having the wheels and tires checked for balance and wobble. If they are fine, it is usually caused by a bad engine mount or CV axle. Both of these are common on this...

Q: What is causing my car to stall?

You may have a bad/loose/corroded ground cable or wire. Have the negative battery cable checked at the battery as well as where it connects to the engine and/or chassis.

Q: Wipers need new motor

If you hear the wiper motor running it could be a faulty motor transmission, meaning a new wiper motor, or the motor crank arm may have come loose and would need to be recalibrated. There is a special procedure 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...
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.