PROBLEM SHIFTING OUT OF PARK

Asked by Apr 03, 2012 at 06:44 PM about the 2001 Dodge Caravan SE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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Not enough info. Does the shifter move but the transmission not engage? Start with checking the fluid level while the engine is running. If it low... top it up. And check for leaks. If fliud is okay, then maybe the transmission module needs replace? If the shifter not moving? If the brake fully pressed before you shift?

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its a moderately well known problem. there is brake/park interlock. with the key in run, you must press the brake pedal about 1/2 inch (until the brake lights come on) for a solenoid in the steering column to disengage and permit the shift lever to be moved. If you do that (Key->run, brake pressed) and the brake lights come on but the shift lever won't move, then the steering column shroud has to be removed (3 screws) and invesitgated. You should discover a small plastic tab, typically pink, is blocking the shift level. sometimes people find loose change and debris there, sometimes there's a wiring fault, and so on. If there's no simple fix you can move the plastic tab and drive the car to someone who can fix it for you.

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