Shifter stuck on "Park"! - Dakota Durango Forum
Troubleshooter's Forum A place to ask technical questions.

 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
post #1 of 10 Old 01-29-2006, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
47SLTDuRide
Registered User
 
47SLTDuRide's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: California
Vehicle: Durango
Posts: 212
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
 
Shifter stuck on "Park"!

So I went to the gas station to fill up my Durango with gas. After I was done I went to start it and when I tried to put the shifter into drive, it was stuck. I tried turning off the engine and trying it again. Still stuck! I tried it a couple more times but the damn shifter wouldn't budge. This actually happened to me a couple times within the last month but the shifter was only stuck on park for only a second so I didn't really think much of it. So I finally called up a tow truck and had my Durango towed to the dealership. Paid $100 for towing! Argh!

My Durango is a 2002 4.7L 2WD SLT. I just recently went over 30K miles. Has anyone ever experienced this with their truck? Is this a common occurrence with Durangos?

Also, my truck is still under warranty. Will the dealership reimburse me for the towing? And since my truck has aftermarket lowering kit, will they give me a hard time with that? Thanks and I appreciate any advice.
47SLTDuRide is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 10 Old 01-30-2006, 01:29 AM
Little Blue Guy
#19 ƃop ǝnןq ǝןʇʇıן

 
Little Blue Guy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Not Sure
Vehicle: '94 Dodge Dakota Sport
Modifications: Installed every option
Posts: 13,107
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
           
Sounds like your "shift interlock solenoid" is not working. It's really hard to diagnose electrical problems over the internet. First thing is to check and make sure your brake lights are working. The "shift interlock solenoid" is operated off of the brake switch. There are probably 2 sets of wires on the brake switch itself, if you are somewhat electrically inclined, test the wires with a test light and see if you have power to the brake light switch on 2 of the terminals with the key on, then push the brake pedal and see if power comes through to the other 2 wires. A shop manual or wiring diagram is helpfull here. Otherwise, it's off to the repair shop. Try and find a shop that does electrical work and not just oil changes.

Just my thoughts...consider the source....

Bryan

All our cars are here --> http://www.hubgarage.com/mygarage/A383Wing

Little Blue Guy is offline  
post #3 of 10 Old 01-30-2006, 03:08 AM
caulk04
.:.:.:.:.:.:.:.


 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: nowhereville
Vehicle: none
Posts: 10,421
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
     
That brake-park interlock seems to have its own sensor actually...

With the ignition on and engine off (radio too, just so its quiet) you should be able to hear the solenoid click when you apply the brake in park. When I shift mine out of park, it doesn't click anymore so I'm lead to beleive it has its own sensor.

At any rate, it is under warranty so they have to fix it and reimburse you for towing.
caulk04 is offline  
post #4 of 10 Old 01-30-2006, 06:23 AM
socmat23
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Maine
Vehicle: 97 dakota sport
Modifications: my truck
Posts: 229
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
 
i had a guy play a prank on me in my old taurus where he unpluged the wire on my break peadel so that car didnt know i was stepping on it and wouldnt allow it to shift out of park. figured id throw that out there, if u dont like it send it right back
socmat23 is offline  
post #5 of 10 Old 01-30-2006, 08:29 AM
YAAAABUDDY03
Member since 03'
 
YAAAABUDDY03's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Frisco, Texas
Vehicle: 03 Dakota, 06 M45
Modifications: My truck
Posts: 1,544
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
 
Send a message via AIM to YAAAABUDDY03 Send a message via Yahoo to YAAAABUDDY03
This might help you,... I dunno. My friend had the same exact problem with his ford... I know, I know,.. it's not even dodge, but they do some things the same way. His problem was a fuse... to make it move without having it towed... you can first put the key to the start position(don't start the motor), then throw the shifter into Neutral, then start the truck, and put it into reverse/drive. This should work.

Paul

YAAAABUDDY03 is offline  
post #6 of 10 Old 01-30-2006, 03:29 PM
Jecht
Mods Addict
 
Jecht's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Waynesboro VA.
Vehicle: 03 Dakota QC
Posts: 7,509
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
   
Quote:
Originally Posted by YAAAABUDDY03
This might help you,... I dunno. My friend had the same exact problem with his ford... I know, I know,.. it's not even dodge, but they do some things the same way. His problem was a fuse... to make it move without having it towed... you can first put the key to the start position(don't start the motor), then throw the shifter into Neutral, then start the truck, and put it into reverse/drive. This should work.

Paul

had this prob with my 94 cougar I blew a fuse in the engine compartment fuse box. this controled the shifter and took me a better part of a day to figure out. I was installing a radio and grounded out the power wire. why it blew that fuse I dont know. but I made sure all connections are completly covered. so look in your engine compartment fuse box for a blown fuse. before looking at those other fixes.
Jecht is offline  
post #7 of 10 Old 01-30-2006, 05:24 PM Thread Starter
47SLTDuRide
Registered User
 
47SLTDuRide's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: California
Vehicle: Durango
Posts: 212
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
 
I appreciate all the advice and insight, fellas! Truck is already at the dealership.

It happened at the gas station so I didn't have the time nor was I at the appropriate place to diagnose the problem. Which I probably wouldn't have. So I had no choice but to have it towed there and have the dealership fix it. Good thing I bought the extended warranty at the time I purchased my truck. Funny, when I spoke to the service consultant, he said it would cost $91 to diagnose the problem. I said it's still under warranty and he says it depends on the diagnosis. I was thinking, "WTF?! It shouldn't cost me anything." And they should reimburse me for the towing, correct?
47SLTDuRide is offline  
post #8 of 10 Old 01-31-2006, 12:15 AM
jmaack727
"][" {[]} {[]} ][_ 
 
jmaack727's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Alabamalama
Vehicle: 2 of em.
Posts: 17,338
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
       
since when did dakotas or durangos have a shift interlock solenoid? I just noticed like a week ago my 2000 dakota doesnt have one it can be shifted right in to reverse or drive from park without applying the brakes
jmaack727 is offline  
post #9 of 10 Old 01-31-2006, 05:00 AM
Jecht
Mods Addict
 
Jecht's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Waynesboro VA.
Vehicle: 03 Dakota QC
Posts: 7,509
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
   
i guess if its not covered under the warranty then they charge you the 91 bucks. but that's a lot to hook it up to the computer. I took my sisters dakota in for a heater core leak and it cost me $55 to diagnose. towing is free if its part of your extended warranty. if not you have to pay for towing.
Jecht is offline  
post #10 of 10 Old 03-01-2006, 04:47 PM
atvrider07
Registered User
 
atvrider07's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Carmi, IL
Vehicle: 03 Mach 1
Modifications: Riding four wheelers
Posts: 538
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
 
I agree with jamaack. I don't think it should have anything to do with the solenoid. My durango doesn't need the brake pushed in to move from park. I hope it's not supposed to be pushed in at least! Could it be a linkage problem? Either way the dealership should cover it and the extra charge is BS! I would tell them to stick it!



R.I.P. Durango
atvrider07 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Dakota Durango Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Linear Mode Linear Mode
Rate This Thread:


Forum Jump

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome