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#1316 of 3823 1997 Chevy Malibu LS Stuck in Park
Jan 01, 2005 (6:55 am)
My boyfriend and I left the house yesterday to go to the store about a mile away. When I got back in the car, it started right up, but I couldn't shift it from Park. Restarted the car several times, tried again and again. 3 tow trucks and several phone calls later, and the car's been sitting in the same spot almost 24 hours because it can't be shifted from Park and it is parked in a forward facing parking spot. One person suggested a problem with the brake sensor that is triggering a safety mechanism that keeps it from being shifted (i.e. as if it has no brakes). Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! - Dianne in Central FL
#1317 of 3823 Re: 1997 Chevy Malibu LS Stuck in Park [diannej]
Jan 01, 2005 (7:11 am)
There are 3 things I can think of that would prevent you from shifting out of park.
From what you indicate the vehicle starts up fine, correct?
Is vehicle parked on level ground?
1. There is something binding with the transmission shift cable or transmission shift linkage or shifter itself. I don't know much about what could be done in that case.
2. There is a something hung up on with the shift lock cable between ignition switch and shifter. This normally prevents shifting out of Park if ignition switch is in OFF position. It also prevents key from being removed if shifter not in Park.
3. The Brake-Transmission Shift Interlock solenoid is engaged and not releasing to allow you to shift from Park when you push on the brake pedal.
Only on the last item do I have a quick suggestion you could try yourself. It is covered in the owner manual (so you might have already tried it). Put you foot on the brake (esp. if not on level ground). Turn the ignition key to ACC position (not RUN) and see if the shifter can be moved out of Park to the Neutral position. If it can you can start vehicle in neutral.
Jan 01, 2005 (12:25 pm)
04 Malibu has no fuel filter except the filter on the fuel pump in the fuel tank, GM states its self cleaning, just don't get a lot of dirt in your tank or the tank will have to be dropped. There is a filter screen in the injectors but not serviceable.
Jan 01, 2005 (2:00 pm)
As a soother for us first year maxx owners, the folks on the first year Honda Accord Hybrid forum remarked some of their new HAH's need computer reprogramming.
First year cars are a risk. Yet the other two first year cars I've owned proved more problematic than the maxx - so far.
#1320 of 3823 Re: Gas Tank Saga [jlwgm]
Jan 01, 2005 (3:33 pm)
I think the "difference" is in your mind as the two cars are identical in every respect until you get to the rear quarter panels. The engine, steering,suspension,frt seating,instrument panel are all the same.You just "missed" your baby!
#1321 of 3823 Transmitter FOB?
Jan 01, 2005 (3:35 pm)
I want to buy a backup transitter fob. Can the transmitters be programmed without having to take them to the dealership?
#1322 of 3823 Re: Transmitter FOB? [markf57]
Jan 01, 2005 (6:12 pm)
If you are talking about new 04/05 Malibu, no, only the dealer can program a new fob with their scan tool. And if you still are interested make sure you take all existing fobs when it is done because reprogramming procedure requires learning all fobs again.
#1323 of 3823 Re: Gas Tank Saga [fourseas]
Jan 01, 2005 (6:53 pm)
I have no opinion on the ride of the MAXX vs the sedan. I have the MAXX and never drove the sedan, so I am not bias towards either.
However, the wheelbase on the MAXX (112.3)is 6" longer than on the sedan (106.3). And I believe the rear suspension is slightly different on the MAXX. That difference could account for how each vehicle handles and feels.
#1324 of 3823 Re: Transmitter FOB? [e2helper]
Jan 01, 2005 (8:03 pm)
Yes, it is for an 04. I was afraid that was the answer. I did know about bringing all the fobs. Thanks for the info.
Jan 02, 2005 (6:44 am)
I have a '01 Malibu, and when i press on the brakes it sounds like a spring is being stretched to far or something. Could anyone please help me out.