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HELP Automatic Durango won't shift out of park

This morning my husband got ready to take the kids to school and our 2001 Dodge Durango Automatic Transmission will not shift out of park.
The car ran when he started it, the oil looked fine.
Please advise if you can!
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post #2 of 14 Old 02-05-2007, 09:28 AM
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First off WELCOME to the site

I had something like this happen when I owned a 98 RAM

so try this -

grab the steering wheel and try to turn it from side to side (Like you are driving around a corner)

then see if you are (for sure) in park

and try it again

hopefully that will do it

it only happened once or twice, but thats all I had to do to get it going again

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well ?

did that fix it ?

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My Durango has a "interlock" that requires the brake pedal to be depressed for the gear selecter to be moved. Could it be that either the switch, wiring, or solenoid is malfunctioning?

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thanks i'm back

no he tried adjusting the steering wheel (rotating it), and yes we also have to press the brake to get the gear stick to move however it still rests in its current state (PARK)
Kind of bummed b/c we just got a new car so that we wouldn't have to share the truck.
I don't know what to do. Do u think adding some transmission fluid might work? Seeing that the temperature outside is soooooo low today down here?

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are you parked on an incline?? could be that its "locked" into park. look under the dash around the area of the brake pedal and see if there are any wires that look out of place.

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hello everyone haven't been home to try anything else
I hope to goodness it's not the transmission.
To answer you question no it's not on an incline.
The only thing I can say is that it starts up, all lights and everything come in.
We just can shift it out of park. And it's an automatic transmission.
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Option 1) Try putting the key in the ignition and turning it one position forward. No dash lights or anything should come on at this point. Now place foot on brake and put into neutral. Start as normal. if this works it indicates your brake light switch or wiring has an issue.

Option 2) Recheck Ram Mans post. This is acutally the most common issue. If the wheel had pressure on it when the key was taken out it will be locked and very hard to turn. Jiggle the steering wheel hard, I mean hard, while twisting the key gently (we don't want any broken keys)

Qption 3) It's just plain stuck. (happened to my ram) had a friend rock the truck while I tried to get it out of park. After a few good shoves while I was yanking on the shifter I heard a pop and all was fine. Needless to say I now set the parking brake while in neutral...let the truck settle(take foot off brake) then place it in park now . I do this with all my automatics since my ram incident. This makes sure the big brake shoes are holding the vehicle instead of a tiny itty bitty parking paw which gets stuck on occasion.

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Just curious to see if your problem is cured.

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Happened to me on a level surface. Was in a big hurry and didn't fully stop before slamming it into park. Had to rock the D back and forth a few times while moving the shift lever. The D's lever will "jam" easily if you don't come to a FULL stop before shifting into park. They also "jam" on the slightest of slopes...Happens to me once in a while if I park on a bump and it rolls one way or the other slightly. I can get it out of park but I get a good clunk from the tranny. Like Dodgems says: use your e-brake always.

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my Ram does this occasionally, I find myself having to consciously apply the brakes pretty hard and it usually lets go, it is definitely more sensitive than my D was.

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hmm..never had that problem..least not yet :P Now you guys are gonna have me all nervous when i go to put the D in park. but before i usually pull into somewhere if im goin quick or make a quick stop..i put my truck in neutral then stop..then put it back in drive or park after that. I used to have to do it with my older car cause the tranny was messed up and it would die if i didnt do that..so im used to it

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there is a safety switch on your brake pedal that will prevent the shifter from moving into gear unless the brake is depressed.look into that switch. if the switch took a dump you can depress the brake all day and it wount shift.

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