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Old 04-18-2016, 10:40 PM   #1
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Dizzy 2008 Aura Shifter Won't move from park but the car rolls

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So the daughter purchased a used Aura and we noticed the gear indicator light does not always exactly line up but can be an tiny pit off. Tonight she parked it on a slight inclined parking space and put it into park. She said it was a little stiff feeling when it went into park. When she removed her foot from the break the car tried to roll a bit. We have tried every combination of key positions foot on the break ways to hold your mouth we can think of and nothing doing it wont come out of park.

I have read many post generally the same but none exactly the same. Regarding still rolling but not shifting

Any thoughts and thanks!
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Old 04-18-2016, 10:46 PM   #2
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Update. The wrecker driver got the thing into neutral some how but the car still wont start. They placed the car out of the way at my friends house for tonight. The car shifts now from Park to Neutral or at least the shifter moves but it will not start.

Neutral safety switch, maybe?

PS. There are no outstanding recalls on the car.
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Old 04-19-2016, 09:28 AM   #3
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if it isnt an xr there was an exptended , im thinking 10 year 120k, warranty on shifter. if i remember correctly its something about a piece breaking on the shifter and doing what you are saying...
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if it isnt an xr there was an exptended , im thinking 10 year 120k, warranty on shifter. if i remember correctly its something about a piece breaking on the shifter and doing what you are saying...
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Shift cable broke. No doubt about that. The recall for the shift cable covers most but not all Auras. I would double check on open recalls/service bulletins. I would strongly advise you try to get GM to goodwill the repairs though.
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Wow had i know that slightly misaligned gear indicator was an indicator of future trouble i would have been more proactive. It is one thing for it to my car but the daughters ride is another thing all together. The car has 156K on it so it is over the millage limit but it can't hurt to ask. I can't impose on my friend to long so i need to get the dealership down there to take it or get it home and do it myself.

Now the car is 90 mins away from me. I am considering driving down, getting into the console, trying to get the thing into neutral by tugging/pushing on the cable, setting the E brake, starting it, getting it into drive and then getting it home or to a buddies house that has a lift.

I am not really looking for someone to say "Oh that is a good idea" because i am sure it is not but I am curious if a stunt like that is plausible. Other wise i have to find a car hauler, come along, tie down straps etc.

Thanks for the help.

PS. I now consider this a personal challenge to see how many miles I can get out of that car. I had an old S10, 4 cylinder, auto and A/C that i put 320K on it before getting creamed by a teenage girl talking and driving.
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Soooooooo when i got there tonight the shifter was the park position and the car would not start. Key on I pulled it into reverse position and she started right up So park is reverse, reverse is neutral, neutral is drive and so on. Either the cable is not traveling the right path or it is stretched like crazy.

I did not want to risk the car rolling over anyone so we brought is home. I don't know if the cable is stretch beyond all reason or maybe something is wrong in the cable path etc. I will get in there and have a peak.
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Soooooooo when i got there tonight the shifter was the park position and the car would not start. Key on I pulled it into reverse position and she started right up So park is reverse, reverse is neutral, neutral is drive and so on. Either the cable is not traveling the right path or it is stretched like crazy.

I did not want to risk the car rolling over anyone so we brought is home. I don't know if the cable is stretch beyond all reason or maybe something is wrong in the cable path etc. I will get in there and have a peak.
It is more than likely a cable issue I think I had a recall for a cable issue for my Aura XR so call a dealership and see if they feel it is a covered issue first? Mine worked fine so? I know a similar issue happened with my Ion3 but that was under warrenty and I think another recall issue was on that also?
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