2004 Volvo S40 stuck in neutral

CLNmssy
50

Asked by Sep 22, 2012 at 07:58 PM about the 2004 Volvo S40

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2004 Volvo S40 automatic transmission. Two days ago I accidentally spilled water onto the
shifter, but I have done this a number of times over the years with no consequences. The next day I went
to take it from park to drive, and it got stuck in neutral. I had to get it towed. The tow truck driver stuck
a screw driver in the small square box to the bottom left of the shifter. Within seconds he got the car into
drive. I drove it home and parked it. He theorized the water was the problem and it would take a few
days to dry out. Today I wanted to see if it had recovered. I attempted to take it from park to drive, but
it got stuck in neutral. After messing around with a screw driver, I was able to get it from neutral to drive
but never back past neutral into park. At present the car still has the keys in the ignition and is sort of
off but still in neutral.  Also the computer says "GEAR SERVICE REQUIRED".

2 Answers

CLNmssy
50

Figured I would update this post in case anyone else comes across it in a similar situation. Turns out the gear shaft (the panel where you move from Drive, Neutral, Reserve and Park) was COMPLETELY rusted out on the inside because I had spilled water down there for a number of years. Had to be completely replaced, cost me $400! Good luck

5 out of 5 people think this is helpful.
johnrnewlin
10

I have a similar issue. I am now thinking it wont be that bad if all to cost me is $400. Thanks for your posting the solution to this problem here CLNmssy!

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Search Volvo S40 Questions

Volvo S40 Experts

#1 venom5150
venom5150
Reputation 620
#2 tenspeed
tenspeed
Reputation 270
#2 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 270
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Volvo S60"
120 Great Deals out of 6,324 listings starting at $1,900
Used Volvo S80"
48 Great Deals out of 1,365 listings starting at $1,499
Used Volkswagen Jetta"
475 Great Deals out of 33,045 listings starting at $950
Used BMW 3 Series"
1,237 Great Deals out of 38,786 listings starting at $1,450
Used Honda Civic"
891 Great Deals out of 53,647 listings starting at $995
Used Volvo C70"
30 Great Deals out of 592 listings starting at $1,695
Used Volvo XC90"
110 Great Deals out of 7,322 listings starting at $1,800
Used Honda Accord"
1,119 Great Deals out of 73,858 listings starting at $1,400
Used Audi A4"
273 Great Deals out of 12,321 listings starting at $1,299
Used Volvo V50"
17 Great Deals out of 215 listings starting at $2,495
Used Volkswagen Passat"
233 Great Deals out of 20,786 listings starting at $1,500
Used Toyota Corolla"
1,158 Great Deals out of 66,999 listings starting at $1,295

Used Cars For Sale

2011 Volvo S40 For Sale
4 Great Deals out of 48 listings starting at $6,999
2010 Volvo S40 For Sale
67 listings starting at $3,495
2009 Volvo S40 For Sale
4 Great Deals out of 89 listings starting at $5,700
2008 Volvo S40 For Sale
7 Great Deals out of 145 listings starting at $3,500
2007 Volvo S40 For Sale
4 Great Deals out of 204 listings starting at $3,800