Why does my car not want to go into gear like reverse?

Asked by Feb 28, 2016 at 12:16 AM about the 2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 S

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I took all my fuses out to check them to see if I had
a blown fuse or something and waited 10 seconds
and put them back in where they are supposed to
go. Fuses were fine and I also took my negative
cable out and waited 10 seconds and put it back in
and then went into car and couldn't put the car in
reverse after that. Why is that happening? To me it
seems like it has to do with something with the ABS
solenoid fuses or relays, that is not letting the
computer unlock the shifter. Please help me
understand this someone thank you so much for
your time.

1 Answer


That sounds like the trans shifter lock interface is not operating, look around the console area, you should see a small slot close to the shifter, that would be the manual release for the gear shift, usually the key fits in there and then you set the park brake and then put it in nuetral, pull out the key and start the engine. There will be more information in the owners manual on this. Then you can drive it to your shop and have it checked out, could be a bad brake light switch or broken wiring. Remember don't put it into Park or you will have to do all over again, just put it in nuetral and set the park brake. What has me concerned is that you removed all of the fuses and the battery cable, sometimes this causes a problem with the computers presets in the later model vehicles, if you do get it started and find that there some systems that do not work right or not at all then that is what has happened and it will have to go to a dealer and the system will have to be reflashed. There might be more information in the section on battery replacement in your owners manual.

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