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my girlfriend drove my 2007 Solstice automatic transmission (has 34K mi) into bar ditch in front of my house slowly pulling out of the driveway early in the morning (temp was 27 degrees). She tried to back out but could not. I got in the car and it would not shift in to gear. I can pull up on the shifter release, pull down to try and move from... Read full answer

my girlfriend drove my 2007 Solstice automatic transmission (has 34K mi) into bar ditch in front of my house slowly pulling out of the driveway early in the morning (temp was 27 degrees). She tried to back out but could not. I got in the car and it would not shift in to gear. I can pull up on the shifter release, pull down to try and move from the park position to another position but it will just move slightly (with a little pressure I can hear the door locks engaging) and not go into any gear. It is not physically in park even though the shifter shows it to be. I can roll the car forward and backward. I removed the shields under the transmission and drive line but found no damage or obstructions. I popped the cover inside at the base of the shifter and found nothing out of place. What could be the problem and fix?

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Ted G.
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If you are under the car, release the shift rod from the shift arm that comes down from the shifter, then see if the shifter moves freely and if you can shift the lever on the transmission back and forth by hand. (Make sure the car can't roll.) Let me know what you find.
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Customer reply replied 4 years ago

I could not undo the shift lever. I jacked up the rear end and tried to move the linkage by hand with my girlfriend putting pressure from the inside, which did not work. I tapped on the linkage lightly with a a hammer. I went up top inside, tried the shifter and it wouldn't shift. I tried it a second time and the shifter started working. I put everything back together and it seems to be working fine. What do you think could have happened?

It's possible the jarring caused the shift interlock to bind up, unless there was ice in there the interlock is about the only thing that could keep the shifter from moving (since it seems like the bind was there and not the transmission). I would definitely inspect the shifter assembly if it happens again, but it may have been a fluke from the car in the ditch.
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