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Old 03-20-2011, 03:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all, new to these forums! I just had to get my car ('06 Outback) boosted as I forgot to plug in the battery blanket & block heater last night (I live in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories....verrrry cold!)...anyways, once I got it started, I went on my merry way, and when I returned home, I can not put it into park (or reverse for that matter).

I have put on the emerg. brake and have kept it in neutral, but i can't get my key out.

Any thoughts/advice? I'm not that great with cars, but am willing to try anything at this point - aside from taking it to a mechanic, unless I really haven't got a choice!

It's weird, because when I left my place after the boost, i put it in reverse with no issue, drove it for about 15 minutes, got back home, and it won't go up from drive or neutral to park or reverse.

Thanks in advance guys/gals.
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Did you force the gearshift out of park so you could roll the car into a location to get jumped?
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Did you force the gearshift out of park so you could roll the car into a location to get jumped?
No, I didn't....although I did try to force it from park to neutral (my driveway is on a decline and i wanted to have the car roll down)...it didn't end up getting into neutral, but we were able to jump it in the driveway. Then when i left, it went into R fine, but now, not so much.

DId my attempt at forcing it to N screw something up possibly?
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When in Neutral, if you press the brake pedal, can you hear or feel a light "clunk" in the center console where the shifter is located?

There's a shift lock in the console; it prevents moving the gear lever from Park to any other gear unless the brake pedal is pressed and prevents moving from N to Park unless the brake is pressed. It is this function that could have been damaged if the lever was forced. The shift lock is activated by a solenoid, and it's the solenoid that can be heard/felt when the brake pedal is pressed. (Might need a quiet time to hear it, with the engine off.)

Do you have the owners manual? There is a procedure for overriding the shift lock -- it involves opening a small cover at the 11 O-clock position (relative to the lever) and inserting a screwdriver to manually release the lock.
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Thanks for the reply. I did go through the manual and removed the cover, and tried releasing the lock, but still no luck.

I didn't listen or feel for a clunk though.

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Thanks for the reply. I did go through the manual and removed the cover, and tried releasing the lock, but still no luck.

I didn't listen or feel for a clunk though.

Thanks again
Had the same thing happen with my landcrusier -blown fuses due to the jump process which caused the locking mechanism to lock up and then no power. Check your fuses
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