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I parked it in front of my brother's house on the flat and after an hour I got up to leave, but the car would not shift out of park. I watched a video on a repair site that gave me directions of how to do a temporary fix and how to fix the spring that attaches to a pink plastic part of the shift mechanism. It needed a couple tools my brother did not have so we just got me home in his spre pickup and tomorrow I will hve to have the car towed to a Dodge dealer to be repaired. Trouble is how to tow it with the car in PARK. Does Chrysler deliberately put plasctic parts in so they will break and the dealer can charge a fortune for their weak design ?

Mechanic's Assistant: Do you have brake lights? Have any trouble codes popped up?

I have lights. I just couldn't remove all the trim to get to the broken piece of plastic in the shifter mecansm

Mechanic's Assistant: What is the model/year of your Chrysler?

2006 300C

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your 300C yourself? What have you tried so far?

I was trying to get to the part but could not remove the ashtray to open the area up

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Dodge
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Dodge Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 7 months ago
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Dodge Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 7 months ago

what size engine, please?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Hemi
Dodge Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 7 months ago

thanks

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Dodge Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 7 months ago

do you have brake lights?

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Dodge Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 7 months ago

that button is the emergency override. it being plastic has nothing to do with the vehicle not being able to be shifted out of park. its there to let you move the lever out of park.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
the brake lights are working. I pressed the pink plastic spot and the shifter did not move out of Down from park.it did move slightly to the right in line with the rest of the gears
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I am now 25 miles from the car.
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
My brother had downloaded a video - it is on his phone at his house.
Dodge Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 7 months ago

does the shift lever go back into park?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Thank you for trying to help, but I will just drive up tomorrow and get the dealer to fix the shifter.
Dodge Mechanic: david craig, Auto Mechanic replied 7 months ago

and you are doing this with the key on, correct?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I did have the key on.
Dodge Mechanic: Chris, Shop Foreman replied 7 months ago
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Dodge Mechanic: Chris, Shop Foreman replied 7 months ago
I am a shop foreman at a Chrysler dealer and have seen this before. The shifter assembly will need to be replaced. But for now, you will need to remove the shifter cable from the lever on the left side of the transmission. Then the car can be rolled up onto the tow truck. That is probably the best way based on the fact that you do not have any tools. The tow truck driver can pop that cable off for you.Chris
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