that Every Vehicle Owner Must Know
problems and being stranded in a deserted parking lot or on a busy
highway can turn a relatively normal day upside down in a
hurry. Besides the aggravation, time lost and the costs
associated with vehicle breakdowns, personal safety is always a concern
for anyone stranded on the road. To help reduce the
aggravation, time lost, costs and safety risks, we've prepared a list
of EMERGENCY and TEMPORARY FIXES that every vehicle owner needs to know.
or emergency does not resolve the problem then you will need roadside
assistance or a tow to the nearest repair facility.
PRINT A HARD
COPY AND KEEP IT IN YOUR VEHICLE and SEND THIS URL TO YOUR
FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES SO THEY CAN DO THE SAME.
"Quick" or "Emergency" Fixes require you to have certain items or tools
in your vehicle. You should keep these items/tools in the
trunk of your vehicle.
SWITCH - NOTHING HAPPENS
HERE: Confirm or rule out dead battery:
door or turn on headlights or
Lights do NOT work - Battery is Dead
QUICK FIX: and up
With a Battery Jump Starter you are not at anyone's mercy - you simply
connect the cables from the Jump Starter to your battery posts and
start your vehicle. In one minute, your car will be started
and you'll be on your way.
$15 and up.
The problem here is that you need a "jump" vehicle. If no one
is around, this option is not available.
> If Lights WORK
- Battery is Good and battery cable is likely loose
QUICK FIX: With switch off, open
hood and check battery cable connection. To
do this, grasp either battery cable/connection at the battery post and
attempt to twist or wiggle. Do the same with the other
cable. If either cables feels lose, this is your problem.
On a top post battery, grasp
the battery cable end and push down while twisting one way and then the
other until you feel the connection get tighter. Even
slightly tightened should be enough to start the vehicle and get you
back on the road.
On a side post battery, try
to tighten the bolt that is holding the cable end to the battery by
hand. If you cannot tighten by hand, you can use a pair of
pliers, a crescent wrench or an 8 MM wrench.
SHIFTER LEVER STUCK IN PARK
Your vehicle is equipped with a
safety feature that will not allow you to shift the transmission from
the Park position unless you have the IGNITION SWITCH ON and the BRAKE
PEDAL DEPRESSED. The two components that make this happen are
the gear shift locking device located underneath the shifter console
and the electrical sensor or solenoid that detects the brake pedal
being depressed and then sends a signal to the shifter locking device
to unlock it. If either of these components fail the shifter
remains locked in Park.
Check to see if your stop/brake lights are working. To
do this, turn the ignition to the "ON" position and depress the brake
> If stop/brake lights work, proceed to
QUICK FIX below.
> If stop/brake lights do not work, you
may have a blown fuse. If so, replacing the fuse will likely
solve the problem. To locate and replace the fuse, following
these instructions or skip this part and go to the QUICK FIX below.
vehicle's fuse panel - If you
have your Owner's Manual it will tell you where the fuse box is located
otherwise you will just have to look for it. It is normally
located underneath the dash on the drivers' or passenger
side. It may also be located under the hood in the engine
Remove the fuse
panel cover. The
fuse box cover may have a diagram showing the names and locations of
the fuses in the panel. If it does, find and pull the Stop
Light (Brake Light) fuse. If it is burnt,
it must be replaced.
If you do not have an extra fuse, pull
a same amp fuse from another
location to use temporarily. It could be an "Accessories"
fuse or possible a heater fan fuse, i.e., anything that the vehicle
does not need to operate or that is not needed by you.
If the fuse panel
cover does not show the fuse layout,
will have to pull and check each fuse or you can skip this part and go
to the QUICK FIX below.
Locate the shifter lock override button
or slot in the shifter console.
It will be near the shifter lever but
not necessarily in the location shown in this image. It may
have a plastic plug type cover over the opening. If so,
remove the plastic cover.
a key (but not the ignition key), a small
screwdriver, a nail file or anything you have available that will slide
down into the slot and push down to release the shifter locking
mechanism located underneath the console. Note: You cannot
actually see the locking mechanism but you will feel it when you press
down with the key, screwdriver, etc.
continuing to push down on the locking mechanism, turn
the ignition switch to the ON position and depress the brake pedal.
grab the shifter lever and move it into the
Neutral position and then start the vehicle.
If the shifter lever will still not
move - repeat
the process again making sure to press firmly on the brake pedal as you
are pushing down on the release button while attempting to move the
SHIFTER STILL STUCK IN PARK
Are you parked on an incline?
If yes, your shifter may be stuck
because the weight of the vehicle is resting on transmission's parking
QUICK FIX: The weight of the vehicle must be
lifted from the transmission components. To do this, you must
push the vehicle up the incline an inch or so and them immediately set
the parking (or e-brake) before it can roll back and lock up the gear
Ready to try
again... with the ignition switch turned to the "ON" position
or you can just start the engine if you choose, depress the brake pedal
and attempt to move the shifter from Park. Be sure you are
pressing the button on the shifter as well. shift from Park.
There are no
more Quick fixes for shifter stuck in Park.