2002 Highlander will not shift into park

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Asked by Aug 17, 2011 at 11:14 PM about the 2002 Toyota Highlander Limited V6 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My wife's 2002 Highlander will not shift into Park. It will go through every gear except Park. Any ideas on what the problem and fix is? Thank You

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Turns out the terminal cover on the battery came loose and fell down in the engine. This caused the shifter linkage to get jambed. $40 fix. dmross

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The same problem happened to us. Luckily, we used this forum and figured the problem out without a trip to the dealership.

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My 2002 highlander did this yesterday. I pushed it back away from parking lot curb. Then took it the Toyota Dealer. Then came home , Googled up the problem, I found this site and people with the same problem. I called the dealer, they had closed for the day, so first thing today I called at 8 AM..the guy went and looked under the hood, and found this had happened to my Highlander..The dealer fixed it, No Charge....Feel kind of dumb for not looking under the hood myself before taking it in to the dealer.....

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Oh my goodness my wife had the exact same thing. The battery terminal cover fell straight down and wedged under the shifter linkage. Just yanked it out and we were good to go.

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Just happened to me. Battery terminal cover had fallen under the shifter. Removed it and all is well.

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Same thing happened with my 2005 highlander. Thanks to this information I went out looked down at the shifter linkage and sure enough there was the terminal cover stuck in the linkage. I jerked it out and that fixed the problem. Lol I called my husband to tell him not to worry about it I fixed it myself. Thanks for the info.

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March 2017 Same thing with our 2003 Highlander. Had a new battery installed. Three days later, suddenly I could not put it into Park or Reverse. Called Toyota dealer - no help, but they tried - over the phone. Tied Google, and found this. Sure enough, there was the cover, jammed under the linkage. Simple fix Thanks :-)

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2001 Highlander Just came home from picking up the family at the airport, go home could not get into park and also the reverse unless you force held it. Son-in-law big shot mechanic says could be big trouble. Looked at this site open the hood took shop lite and low and behold, their the bugger was!!!!!!! Let him take the grab-bar and take it out. (5) times he said "I can't believe it" Thanks for the site. Rudi

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I could not believe it when my 2002 Highland would not go into Park. I have over 220,000 miles and figured it is now time to replace after 15 years. I read this post and thought "no way" and it was going to be a major transmission problem. Before I called for a tow truck I popped the hood and to my surprise the cap from the battery terminal was sure enough jammed in the linkage. I reached in and pulled it out and can now shift into park and other gears with no problem. Thanks to all who have submitted their experience. Truly save me loads of $!!!

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Me too. Thanks so much!

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