Why won't car won't stay in drive if head lights are on

Asked by Mar 16, 2017 at 02:52 AM about the 2006 Kia Spectra SX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2006 Kia Spectra. i thought the transmission went out. but the car
works fine. until i turn the headlights on. if i put my car in drive and turn my
headlights on it will knock the car out of gear like its not even registering a
gear. the only gear that will work is reverse with the headlights on. i can drive
during the day perfectly. so what could possibly be wrong?

4 Answers


There may be a problem with the shift interlock system. I have never heard of a problem like this, so I would suggest getting the vehicle into a shop to be looked at before you get totally stuck somewhere.

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Did you ever find an answer???? Mine is doing the exact same thing!!!!

I would like to have an answer to because mines doing the same thing is anybody out there to answer me or to give me an idea what that problem is

Check the multifunction switch. Could be shorting out and causing that problem.

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