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My 2009 ram 1500 was accidentally shut off in reverse and…

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My 2009 ram 1500...

My 2009 ram 1500 was accidentally shut off in reverse and now I cannot get it to shift back into park so I can start it

Mechanic's Assistant: How old is the transmission? Have you noticed any leaking?

Original tranny no leaks

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Ram 1500 yourself? What have you tried so far?

I have tried wiggling the steering wheel back and forth while trying to shift it

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?

No, I cant think of any thing else

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Dodge Mechanic: Jaybird61, ASE Certified Master Technician replied 11 months ago
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Hi, My name is Jay

Can you put it in neutral to start it?

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
No
Dodge Mechanic: Jaybird61, ASE Certified Master Technician replied 11 months ago

Is the shifter seized from moving?

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
when I turn the key on the r for reverse is lit up. The shifter though is actually in the park position.
Dodge Mechanic: Jaybird61, ASE Certified Master Technician replied 11 months ago

Then you have broke the shifter cable end either at the transmission or the shifter linkage. The transmission will not let the vehicle start unless it is in neutral or park. Look at the transmission shift linkage on left side of transmission to see if cable came off from shift rod?

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
No, and has not
Dodge Mechanic: Jaybird61, ASE Certified Master Technician replied 11 months ago

Can you still move shifter after you turn on the key but indicator still says reverse?

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
but I have to shimmy the wheel back and forth. But it will still not start. When you turn the key on, the shifter will not release from Park. At that time the reverse indicator light showing on the dash
Customer reply replied 11 months ago
I now believe that it was shut off in park but the light for the gear indicator never moved from reverse when it was shut off.
Dodge Mechanic: Jaybird61, ASE Certified Master Technician replied 11 months ago

You need to check the cable at both ends to see if it came off at shifter. The ends go bad and disconnect when worn out on these vehicles.

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Dodge Mechanic: Jaybird61, ASE Certified Master Technician replied 11 months ago

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