Mitsubishi Repair Problems? Ask a Mechanic for Answers ASAP
Hi,Most likely you are going to be dealing with an interlock cable that is sticking or the linkage on the shifter is sticking (usually happens if a drink has been spilled at some point in the past).Unfortunately there is no release button on this model like there is on some cars. Instead you have to remove the console to gain access to the linkage directly. Luckily this is not too bad of a job... the upper console cover that surrounds the shifter etc just snaps into place... a good tug upward and it will pop off. You then have very slight access to the linkage on the left side of the shifter and you can fiddle with it with a screw driver, etc, to try to get it to release temporarily.In the long term though, full removal of the console will be in order and hands on inspection to see what exactly is sticking (cable, linkage, adjustment, etc) preventing the interlock from releasing.
yeah the actual panel on the top of the shifter is snapped in very tightly, but wouldn't afford you that much more access anyway.Repair cost would ultimately depend on what actually happened. If the cable just needed to be adjusted, figure around $100 start to finish. If the cable needed to be replaced the interlock for the key/park and for the brake/park come as a pair, and are $75. Installation would be about $200.If however there was something binding in the shifter... which honestly happens pretty frequently... then your best approach would be hourly to pull the shifter and disassemble and clean everything. That should be able to be done inside of about 2.5 hours... around $250. If parts need replacing, then that would go up of course; only a few service parts are available for the shifter, but luckily there is almost never a failure there that can't be cleaned... its almost always something gooey from a spill 10 years ago causing issues it seems.Either way... I don't see any realistic expectation of this going beyond $300 as worst case scenario.... most of the interlock problems I run in to on these are an hour or less to rectify, cable failures are pretty rare too.