Dodge Repair Questions? Ask a Mechanic for Answers ASAP
Can you tell me if the rear brake lights are working when you step on the brake pedal?
Ok. This is actually becoming a very common problem, very quickly. The problem is going to be in the Shift Interlock System. More times than not, there is a plastic piece on the shifter that breaks between the interlock solenoid and the interlock cable. Both will need to be inspected for proper operation, and more than likely will need to be replaced. In the meantime, there is an "over-ride" that you can use to shift from Park into Neutral then start and drive the vehicle as normal. I'm not a big fan of sending people to the Dealer, however, in this case, it's going to be your best bet.
Depress the BTSI override (2) on the side of the shifter assembly (1).
While the override is depressed, move the shifter out of the PARK position.
I'll be here....
Ok. That means that the cable or solenoid has seized. Unfortunately, that's the only over-ride procedure the Dodge provides. It usually works 99% of the time. At this point, the shifter connections, cable and solenoid will need to be inspected.
So I should just get it towed to the nearest dealership. Do you have any idea what the cost of repairs should be around? Also do you think it may be the transmission itself that has the problem?
Correct, unfortunately the next step is to tow it. It's definitely not a tranmission problem, i assure you. This is a HUGE problem for these vehicles (i get 4-5 a day like this- Sebring's, 300's, Magnum's) it's getting to be a huge deal, and why there is no recall/TSB on it yet, is beyond me! As for the cost- it will all depend what part is at fault. Like I say, could be the shifter itself (the plastic piece between cable/shifter), could be the solenoid, could be the cable. It's going to need to be broken down to it's individual parts and inspected.
You're welcome. Glad I could help. Have a great day!