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    afesta
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    Default Buick Regal won't shift out of Park

    I've read a few things on this group and others about similiar
    problems, but I thought I'd see if anyone has any ideas about my
    specific situation before having my car towed to a dealer.
    Thanks in advance for any information.

    The Car:
    1998 Buick Regal LS with about 89000 miles on it.

    The Big Problem:
    Starts up ok, but won't shift out of park. The shift lever physically
    moves to all positions (1,2,3,D,N,R,P) but no matter what position I
    move the shift lever to the shift indicator on the dash stays in Park
    and there is no other indication (bump,jolt,knock,grind,etc) that the
    car is even trying to shift. My car is now permanently parked outside
    my condo and I'm pretty much stuck since it's hard to get to the hood
    or check under it with the other cars around.

    Possibly unrelated problem:
    Has an intermittant problem with the Check Engine Soon light turning on
    that usually goes away with a few hours after parking the car for
    awhile. While the light is on the car hesitates a lot in the lower
    gears, but seems to drive ok at higher speeds. Reading the codes at
    Autozone revealed "Torque Converter Circuit Stuck On". My local Buick
    Dealer charged me about $100.00 to tell me they didn't know what was
    wrong because the light wasn't on when I drove it to them. I figure
    the Torque Converter Solenoid probably needs to be replaced, but I
    haven't gotten to it yet.




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    William H. Bowen
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    Default Re: Buick Regal won't shift out of Park

    "afesta" <andrewfesta@gmail.com> wrote:

    >I've read a few things on this group and others about similiar
    >problems, but I thought I'd see if anyone has any ideas about my
    >specific situation before having my car towed to a dealer.
    >Thanks in advance for any information.
    >
    >The Car:
    >1998 Buick Regal LS with about 89000 miles on it.
    >
    >The Big Problem:
    >Starts up ok, but won't shift out of park. The shift lever physically
    >moves to all positions (1,2,3,D,N,R,P) but no matter what position I
    >move the shift lever to the shift indicator on the dash stays in Park
    >and there is no other indication (bump,jolt,knock,grind,etc) that the
    >car is even trying to shift. My car is now permanently parked outside
    >my condo and I'm pretty much stuck since it's hard to get to the hood
    >or check under it with the other cars around.


    Afesta,

    Sounds to me like either the floor shift mechanism has failed OR
    (and more likely) the shift cable from the shifter to the transaxle
    has either become disconnected at either end or the cable has broken.
    The key piece of info is that the dash shift indicator stays in Park -
    that indicator is driven by the transmission range switch, which is
    attached to the shaft in the transaxle that moves the manual shift
    valve.

    You'll need to look under the hood and see if the cable end is
    attached to the shift lever AND if the shift lever on the transaxle
    moves when the shifter is moved. If the cable end is attached but the
    lever does not move, either the floor shifter end is disconnected or
    the cable is broken.

    Regards,
    Bill Bowen
    Sacramento, CA

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    afesta
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    Default Re: Buick Regal won't shift out of Park

    It turns out the shift cable is broken. AAMCO told me it would cost
    about $500.00 to put in a new one. Does anyone have an opinion on
    whether that's a good price or not?

    Thanks,

    -Andy F.

    William H. Bowen wrote:
    > "afesta" <andrewfesta@gmail.com> wrote:
    >
    > >I've read a few things on this group and others about similiar
    > >problems, but I thought I'd see if anyone has any ideas about my
    > >specific situation before having my car towed to a dealer.
    > >Thanks in advance for any information.
    > >
    > >The Car:
    > >1998 Buick Regal LS with about 89000 miles on it.
    > >
    > >The Big Problem:
    > >Starts up ok, but won't shift out of park. The shift lever physically
    > >moves to all positions (1,2,3,D,N,R,P) but no matter what position I
    > >move the shift lever to the shift indicator on the dash stays in Park
    > >and there is no other indication (bump,jolt,knock,grind,etc) that the
    > >car is even trying to shift. My car is now permanently parked outside
    > >my condo and I'm pretty much stuck since it's hard to get to the hood
    > >or check under it with the other cars around.

    >
    > Afesta,
    >
    > Sounds to me like either the floor shift mechanism has failed OR
    > (and more likely) the shift cable from the shifter to the transaxle
    > has either become disconnected at either end or the cable has broken.
    > The key piece of info is that the dash shift indicator stays in Park -
    > that indicator is driven by the transmission range switch, which is
    > attached to the shaft in the transaxle that moves the manual shift
    > valve.
    >
    > You'll need to look under the hood and see if the cable end is
    > attached to the shift lever AND if the shift lever on the transaxle
    > moves when the shifter is moved. If the cable end is attached but the
    > lever does not move, either the floor shifter end is disconnected or
    > the cable is broken.
    >
    > Regards,
    > Bill Bowen
    > Sacramento, CA



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    William H. Bowen
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    Default Re: Buick Regal won't shift out of Park

    Andy,

    Sounds a bit excessive to me, as I mentioned in my email to you.
    Flat rate book quotes 1.8 hours; don't have pricing for the cable
    available but even if it cost $200, unless AAMCO is talking $150/hr
    for labor that total seems a bit excessive.

    You might want to check with a local GM dealer - Chevy, Buick and
    Pontiac use the same cable setup in their "W" body cars (Lumina,
    Impala, Grand Prix, Buick).

    Regards,
    Bill Bowen

    "afesta" <andrewfesta@gmail.com> wrote:

    >It turns out the shift cable is broken. AAMCO told me it would cost
    >about $500.00 to put in a new one. Does anyone have an opinion on
    >whether that's a good price or not?
    >
    >Thanks,
    >
    >-Andy F.
    >
    >William H. Bowen wrote:
    >> "afesta" <andrewfesta@gmail.com> wrote:
    >>
    >> >I've read a few things on this group and others about similiar
    >> >problems, but I thought I'd see if anyone has any ideas about my
    >> >specific situation before having my car towed to a dealer.
    >> >Thanks in advance for any information.
    >> >
    >> >The Car:
    >> >1998 Buick Regal LS with about 89000 miles on it.
    >> >
    >> >The Big Problem:
    >> >Starts up ok, but won't shift out of park. The shift lever physically
    >> >moves to all positions (1,2,3,D,N,R,P) but no matter what position I
    >> >move the shift lever to the shift indicator on the dash stays in Park
    >> >and there is no other indication (bump,jolt,knock,grind,etc) that the
    >> >car is even trying to shift. My car is now permanently parked outside
    >> >my condo and I'm pretty much stuck since it's hard to get to the hood
    >> >or check under it with the other cars around.

    >>
    >> Afesta,
    >>
    >> Sounds to me like either the floor shift mechanism has failed OR
    >> (and more likely) the shift cable from the shifter to the transaxle
    >> has either become disconnected at either end or the cable has broken.
    >> The key piece of info is that the dash shift indicator stays in Park -
    >> that indicator is driven by the transmission range switch, which is
    >> attached to the shaft in the transaxle that moves the manual shift
    >> valve.
    >>
    >> You'll need to look under the hood and see if the cable end is
    >> attached to the shift lever AND if the shift lever on the transaxle
    >> moves when the shifter is moved. If the cable end is attached but the
    >> lever does not move, either the floor shifter end is disconnected or
    >> the cable is broken.
    >>
    >> Regards,
    >> Bill Bowen
    >> Sacramento, CA


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    N8N
    Guest

    Default Re: Buick Regal won't shift out of Park

    I do have an opinion, and it's not printable. (there's a little coffee
    leaking from my nose right now due to reading your post.) How much is
    the cable from the dealer?

    nate

    afesta wrote:
    > It turns out the shift cable is broken. AAMCO told me it would cost
    > about $500.00 to put in a new one. Does anyone have an opinion on
    > whether that's a good price or not?
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > -Andy F.
    >
    > William H. Bowen wrote:
    > > "afesta" <andrewfesta@gmail.com> wrote:
    > >
    > > >I've read a few things on this group and others about similiar
    > > >problems, but I thought I'd see if anyone has any ideas about my
    > > >specific situation before having my car towed to a dealer.
    > > >Thanks in advance for any information.
    > > >
    > > >The Car:
    > > >1998 Buick Regal LS with about 89000 miles on it.
    > > >
    > > >The Big Problem:
    > > >Starts up ok, but won't shift out of park. The shift lever physically
    > > >moves to all positions (1,2,3,D,N,R,P) but no matter what position I
    > > >move the shift lever to the shift indicator on the dash stays in Park
    > > >and there is no other indication (bump,jolt,knock,grind,etc) that the
    > > >car is even trying to shift. My car is now permanently parked outside
    > > >my condo and I'm pretty much stuck since it's hard to get to the hood
    > > >or check under it with the other cars around.

    > >
    > > Afesta,
    > >
    > > Sounds to me like either the floor shift mechanism has failed OR
    > > (and more likely) the shift cable from the shifter to the transaxle
    > > has either become disconnected at either end or the cable has broken.
    > > The key piece of info is that the dash shift indicator stays in Park -
    > > that indicator is driven by the transmission range switch, which is
    > > attached to the shaft in the transaxle that moves the manual shift
    > > valve.
    > >
    > > You'll need to look under the hood and see if the cable end is
    > > attached to the shift lever AND if the shift lever on the transaxle
    > > moves when the shifter is moved. If the cable end is attached but the
    > > lever does not move, either the floor shifter end is disconnected or
    > > the cable is broken.
    > >
    > > Regards,
    > > Bill Bowen
    > > Sacramento, CA



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