Stuck in gear

Asked by Dec 25, 2014 at 04:16 PM about the 2012 MINI Cooper Base

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Awhile back, my daughter changed gears (auto transmission) from Park to Reverse
and did not have brake fully on.  The car would then not change gears correctly.  I took
it to MINI dealer and they at first thought liquid was spilled or something lodged next to
gear shift, but ended up saying it was just because the brake was not fully on and
some "safety" switch or something engaged.  Can someone better explain this
function so I understand it better.  If it should happen again, what can I do to fix?

1 Answer

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Newer vehicles have a park/brake lock system. In other words you can't shift out of park without first stepping on the brake pedal. This is accomplished by an electronic solenoid. The solenoid is energized when the brake pedal is pressed and releases the shifter. This mechanism is usually located in the console (floor shift models) or at the base of the steering column (column shift models). HTH. -Jim

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