Help Needed: Gear Shift Stuck in Park on My Car – What Can I Do?

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Patricia Scott asked 7 months ago
Hi everyone! I'm quite new to car mechanics and facing an issue with my 22-year-old Holden Barina. The gear shift has been stuck in park for about a month now. I bought this car as my first vehicle, knowing it's old, but it was affordable. However, now I'm unable to use reverse gear, which is a major problem. I've done some research and suspect it could be due to low transmission fluid or perhaps a blown fuse. But, as I'm not knowledgeable about cars, I'm seeking advice from those who are more experienced. Any guidance on fixing this issue without spending too much would be greatly appreciated. I'd prefer explanations in simple terms, considering my limited car knowledge. Thanks in advance!
1 Answers
Zack Norman Staff answered 7 months ago
Hey there, Patricia! It's great that you're seeking advice for your Holden Barina, and I hope I can help somehow. Here are a few things you can check, based on your description:
  1. Brake Switch: Your car may require you to press the brake pedal to shift out of park. If the brake switch is faulty, it could prevent shifting.
  2. Automatic Transmission (A/T) Release Switch: Look for a small cover near the gear lever. Underneath, you may find an A/T release switch. Pressing it could free up the lever.
  3. Corrosion on Gear Selector: The gear selector outside the transmission can corrode over time, causing it to seize. Apply a lubricant like WD40 or PB Blaster, let it sit, then try moving the gear shifter from inside. It might be stiff initially, but repeated movement and lubrication should help.
Remember to check your transmission fluid levels and inspect the fuse box for any blown fuses. These are common issues that can cause the gear shift to stick. If these tips don't resolve the issue, it might be time to consult a professional mechanic. We understand budget constraints can be tough, so you could consider local workshops or vocational schools where costs might be lower. Good luck, and let us know how it goes! Zack - The Motor Verso Mechanics Team