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Old 08-09-2011, 08:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Can't get car out of park!!??

Car won't come out of park. Was fine yesterday and this morning I started it up and it won't even move from park. Things tried..rocking the car, emergency brake, seat belt, praying. Any suggestions?
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Car won't come out of park. Was fine yesterday and this morning I started it up and it won't even move from park. Things tried..rocking the car, emergency brake, seat belt, praying. Any suggestions?
Look up (The Pink Thingy) on this site. There is a bypass for this on the right side of shifter, pull the plastic rectangle cup out and push the button in the square opening. (That might work)
Also their is a recall on this problem. Or you can get an alum. part from Bullit Tech. and get away from the plastic ones. There is a video on YouTube on how to replace this part (Park Interlock).
Good Luck!
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Yep... that's my best guess also. Here's the thread that can get you going... regarding replacement/installation of the "thingy" part.

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Look up (The Pink Thingy) on this site. There is a bypass for this on the right side of shifter, pull the plastic rectangle cup out and push the button in the square opening. (That might work)
Also their is a recall on this problem. Or you can get an alum. part from Bullit Tech. and get away from the plastic ones. There is a video on YouTube on how to replace this part (Park Interlock).
Good Luck!
Chances are pushing the button in the square hole will not release the shifter. This release method was not designed into the car for this type of park lockout mechanism failure.

The recall is known as "K-39". Call your stealership with your VIN inhand and have them check to see if you are in cluded in the recall.

There is an emergency release procedure detailed somewhere on this forum. It involves removing the bezel that surrounds the shifter to gain access to a cable below, then poking it with a screwdriver to activate the release. Do some fairly extensive searching to find it.

If you are not included in the recall there are several solutions to the problem, such as: get the car to a stealership for a shifter mechanism replacement, about $350; order the Billet Technology (BT) replacement part and replace the broken part yourself, $50 for the part plus any labor (about an hour-and-a-half) not provided by you, or have someone do it for you, (requires removing the center console and other components to gain access; remove the center console and disassemble the shifter to remove the broken part so as to drill a hole in it and insert a cotter pin to provide an attachment point for the return spring, about $0.02 for the cotter pin.
CAUTION: Problems with key removal can be created if care is not exercised in disassembly/reassembly of the shifter and associated control cables.

As previously mentioned "Good luck!"
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May wish to note that Dorman has this part in aluminum for about 20 bucks
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The dorman part is available thru Napa or any parts store pretty much; OR you can just remove the 'pink thingy' completely and be done with it for $ ZERO - - and a couple hours time invested. I've removed it on my car and my Dads with no ill effects. I can now turn my ignition off and remove the key without first putting the shifter in park, but why would anyone ever do that anyway? Other than that everything works as before.
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The screwdriver trick is explained in both of the links below.

Stuck in PARK - Dodge Charger Forums


Shift Mechanism Pink Thingy Explained - with links. - Lx Forums | Dodge Charger Challenger Magnum | SRT8 | Chrysler 300 Forum


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May wish to note that Dorman has this part in aluminum for about 20 bucks
Great advice there moderator.. Maybe you could get Dorman to come over here and pay a couple hundered bucks a month to help support this forum too..


That being said that part, last I heard was on national back order for whatever reason,

Billet tech "A long time supporting Vendor" has them in stock at all times,, We realize we are not as cheap as the over seas part but we do offer a life time warranty, And customer support which the other brand does not.

Our part ships within 24hrs "M-F the other part usually does not.

We also have over night options as well.

Any other questions feel free to shoot me a PM or email info@billettechnology.com


https://www.custombilletstore.com/Se...sp?Search=1028
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Dealership fixed it. Done. Now to put my tune back on.
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Dealership fixed it. Done. Now to put my tune back on.
So what was the story? How did you get it to the dealership ? Did you use the screwdriver trick ? Tow truck ? AAA driver who was knowledgeable and got you going ? Dealer house call ?
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