Honda Accord 03 LX 50,000 Miles won't shift out of park - Automatic

Discussion in 'Accord' started by Andy Dufresne, Jul 18, 2005.

  1. I had this same problem. What I did was force it into drive, it took a
    lot of effort but after that things went back to normal. Also you
    might check to see if a coin fell down into the gear box.

    Andy Dufresne
    Andy Dufresne, Jul 18, 2005
  2. Hi,
    It all started a couple of days ago. It would take me two or three attempts
    to put the car from park (P) into drive (D). The shift lock is stocked as
    if I wasn't pressing on the break pedal, but of course I was. If I pressed
    the breaks really hard it worked until a few hours ago. In addition the
    break lights are not working, they don't light up when the breaks are
    I checked the Horn/Stop fuse, and it was fine.

    I've been reading about the possibility of an interlock switch that signals
    the transmission when the breaks are engaged. This switch may be located
    below the steering wheel, but that is all I've been able to get from the

    Today is Sunday, so I'll have to wait until tomorrow to take it to the
    dealer, or to the local mechanic. I'll have to use the key to release the
    shift lock.

    The car is fine otherwise, and the breaks and transmission feel fine as

    FYI: I also checked the break fluid level, and it was between MIN and MAX,
    so I assume that is not the problem. In addition I have never replaced the
    break pads.

    Any tips will be appreciated.

    willsanchez80, Jul 18, 2005
  3. Chad:

    Yes, you are correct.
    I found the switch, and tighten the connector a bit. basically the break
    lights turned on and I was able to shift to drive. Of course this was a
    very short-lived victory, because I believe this time the switch it is gone
    for good. I'll get the part from the dealer tomorrow, and install it
    Thanks Chad.
    willsanchez80, Jul 18, 2005
  4. Andy Dufresne

    Sandlot Guest

    your car is under warranty from Honda. take it in!
    Sandlot, Jul 18, 2005
  5. Andy Dufresne

    John Horner Guest

    Not it the US it isn't. Honda USA's warranty is 3 years or 36,000 miles
    .... pretty stingy considering the number of things which go wrong after
    36,000 miles due to engineering and/or manufacturing shortcomings.

    John Horner, Jul 19, 2005
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