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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-16-2010, 03:30 PM Thread Starter
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Won't shift into park

I have a 2008 Subaru Forester with automatic transmission which I just used to run some errands. I was driving about an hour and, when I parked it, I could not shift it into park. All the other gears worked fine and it had no problem shifting gears on the highway.
I drove it home, again without any issues, but when I put it in my garage it again would not shift into park. I'm going to go out right now and check the transmission fluid but there was no dashboard indicator saying it is low.
Anyone have any idea what may be wrong?
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Press the shift lock button to force it in.

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Thanks for the tip. I was just reading about this in my manual.

Any ideas as to why it's not letting me shift into park, though?
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Thanks for the tip. I was just reading about this in my manual.

Any ideas as to why it's not letting me shift into park, though?
Most likely a safety switch that doesn't allow shifting is my guess.

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Take it to the shop.. This has happened three times (or two, can't remember) to my mom's '03 forester and they said it was due to shifting too fast. There's something in it that may have broke if I recall correctly.
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Take it to the shop.. This has happened three times (or two, can't remember) to my mom's '03 forester and they said it was due to shifting too fast. There's something in it that may have broke if I recall correctly.
Shift linkage is the word.

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... Any ideas as to why it's not letting me shift into park...
Most people encounter this problem as not being to shift out of Park. There are little parts that can break, perhaps from inadvertently trying to force the shifter in or out of Park without the brake pressed.
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I believe its the "shift interlock" either solenoid or sensor iirc.

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