my car won't shift out of park, why?

Asked by Aug 05, 2017 at 11:52 PM about the 2009 Chevrolet Impala LS

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Drove to work, parked car, came out to go to lunch and car would not move
from park.

5 Answers


I believe GM puts an electrical switch that will only allow the gear shift to move from park when the ignition switch is on and the brake pedal depressed. I had problems with it sometimes working and sometimes not so I had to keep switching the key on and off & depressing the brake pedal until it worked. I opened up the console, and cut the wires to the gearshift assembly - put a piece of heat shrink on the wire ends from wherever they come from and VIOLA - no more stuck in Park - What this technique does is allows the gearshift to come out of park without depressing the brake pedal I sold the car 4 years ago and cannot remember whether the ignition still had to be on or not to shift out of park- I was the only driver and we have no kids so it was not a big deal to have this "safety feature" disabled. Hope this helps

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Thank you for your help, I did not know you could simply cut the wire, very helpful.




Easiest trick is that the locking steering wheel is in a unique position when you park .. Try turning your ignition key to on , and pull your steering wheel back and forth with some muscle power ..


For all the questions below of people who can't get their gear shifter out of park ,try to do what I suggested ,its just a strange angle your tires get into when you park..

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