Originally posted by yyz2nyc
The problem has come back...sounds to me like a solenoid engaging in the shifter box? Anyone with some ideas? The things is, it now only makes a clicking noise when I decelerate just before i come to a stop it clicks, or when I reverse past 3-5 mph. I've also tried it with the manu-matic and it only clicks when it downshifts automatically from 2 to 1st. anyone...getting very frustrated. thx!
The “click” is probably the shift lock solenoid. The solenoid prevents the shifter from being moved into Reverse when the car exceeds, or drops below, about 6mph, or being moved out of Park when the brake pedal is not pressed. This is explained in the Owner’s Manual in the Starting and operating section (“Selector lever reverse inhibiting function”).
The solenoid is located on the left side of the shifter mechanism in the front center console.
I tried to see if there was a noticeable sound in my 07 (4000 km). I did not start the engine; rather, with the windows closed and the car in my garage (i.e. for a quiet environment) I turned the key to ON, attached my seatbelt and waited until the various checks were completed. At that point the shift lever could not be moved out of Park. When I pressed on the brake pedal, the shift lever could then be moved to the other positions. This indicates that the shift lock solenoid is mechanically working when it should, at least as far as the Park/brake pedal interlock function is concerned.
With the lever in Park, I listened carefully as I pressed and then released the brake pedal. I could hear only a faint noise, a very muted, dull, thud in the console area. It was certainly not something I would hear with the engine running or out on the road.
The shift lock solenoid itself acts on a lever that in turn either allows or prevents the shift lever from moving.
I would suggest trying the static test (quiet area, ignition ON, in Park, brake on and off) I described above, which, by the way is from the service manual. If you can duplicate the loud clicking as the brake is pressed and released, then I would tend to suspect the noise is coming from the associated mechanism; in other words, it’s caused by mechanical parts that are not exactly where they should be, or some insulating material (perhaps a bushing) is missing. It could be just a small adjustment. Unfortunately, access to the solenoid does require disassembly of the console area once again.