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Hello all and happy holidays: I'm a little worried because my lil 2005 only wants to only work on drive or reverse. I was informed that it could be the "shifter" (whatever that is, I do not know). I do not dare to call the mechanic to ask because my bf trusts him but every time I speak with the mechanic alone he treats me really bad and gets very angry when I asks questions, so I am afraid of the mechanic. What are the symptoms of a "shifter" going bad?
 

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Hello windinmyhair: It actually Drives when you put in in D (as in Drive). Actually it also goes into N (as in Neutral) and the fob key will not come out either. Therefore the only way to turn it off is by putting in in N and pull up emergency brake and disconnect the battery.
 

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I might be wrong and someone please correct me if I am but isn’t there a switch on the brake pedal that only releases the gear lever into reverse when the brake pedal is pressed?
If I’m right then it could be a dodgy switch?
 

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Step 1 - Find a different mechanic!
 

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I might be wrong and someone please correct me if I am but isn’t there a switch on the brake pedal that only releases the gear lever into reverse when the brake pedal is pressed?
If I’m right then it could be a dodgy switch?
Hello Mugs and thank your help on this. I really appreciate it. I will check on that switch you are referring to and keep everyone posted.
 

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Find a better mechanic, and ask them to check the brake switch and shift lever with their scanner. Or buy a good scanner and do it yourself!
Hello and yes I do have an icarsoft scanner. The car will be picked up soon because at the moment it is extremely expensive to repair that thing called the shifter. And yes, I guess it is not a bad idea to try to find some other mechanic. He really is not a bad mechanic. He is just extremely expensive and for some reason really dislikes me.

I will let everyone know codes reflected on the icarsoft scanner. But do keep in mind that eight (8) days before the car was in that same mechanic and had another very expensive repair and most importantly, mechanic had run a diagnostics with their scanners and listed everything that needed repair, so if shifter was going bad, I guess something would have popped up on their scanner and mechanic did not list the shifter as being an issue at all.
 

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Providing you are not having problems with your bf, i.e threatening you if you want to go elsewhere then go elsewhere. Hardly good customer relations to make you feel frightened of the mechanic especially as he is expensive.

If it was shifting when it left the mechanic and has subsequently developed the problem and it is a switch then the diagnostics could not have foretold a future event.
 

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Hello and thank you redleader. No problems with bf. Other than BF is too nice and trusts the mechanic's work.. Again, mechanic is a pretty good mechanic. Mechanic just doesn't like me and when my bf is not present, mechanic talks down to me like if I was trash. I do not know if it was the switch still. I guess I will see. Will keep everyone posted. Thank you for your feedback and have a great day.
 

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Use your scanner to view the actual values of the brake switch, the shift lever, and the interlock that prevents the shifter from moving - while pressing and releasing the brake pedal. I dont know icarsoft at all so I can't advise you exactly, but in the first few screens it should allow you to select "shift module", which is a control module actually located inside the shifter, and then "actual values" to allow you to see the states changing.
 

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Hello windinmyhair: It actually Drives when you put in in D (as in Drive). Actually it also goes into N (as in Neutral) and the fob key will not come out either. Therefore the only way to turn it off is by putting in in N and pull up emergency brake and disconnect the battery.
Just an idea, but if you carefully lift up the gear selector plate cover there is a little white plastic switch on the back of the selector plate itself you can press which allows you to move the shifter without the ignition key in. This may get you into P since disconnecting the battery sounds horrible!

Maya ~ Tapatalk
 

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Hello Osi and thank you so much. I really appreciate it. I will give that a shot and let you know.
 

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themermaid wrote:

''Again, mechanic is a pretty good mechanic. Mechanic just doesn't like me and when my bf is not present, mechanic talks down to me like if I was trash "

Going off thread but think some men have a problem when women talk cars.

Some friends of mine, she wanted a new car and would be paying for it out of her money. Her husband went with her, for no other reason than he just did. They entered a car showroom and she started asking the salesman some questions. Instead of replying to her the salesman replied to her husband. The result was that the salesman lost a sale and they went elsewhere. There the salesman spoke to her and he made a sale.

There is a thread on here where a female owner replaced the rams on the roof of her SLK but there were still problems so she took it to a mechanic who treated her as a unknowing female.

No wonder women have problems getting in to engineering.
 

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In my experience, most guys in the motor trade or most skilled trades for that matter, tend to be overly helpful to us ladies, especially oldies like me, which is nice to a point! You sound a lot like me (not old!) and know more about their pride and joy than the average m/f owner. First thing I did when I visited my local indiie MB specialist was to make it plain that I knew enough not to be blinded by mechanical gobbledegook. Don't need to turn up at the shop in overalls or have Ed China/Ant Anstead knowledge but just enough to know that they don't need to mansplain every little thing which can then overlap into being taken advantage of. I appreciate some guys just don't geddit and some get bent out of shape but if they want your business they need to wise up! Why aren't there more female mechanics in the world!?

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themermaid wrote:

''Again, mechanic is a pretty good mechanic. Mechanic just doesn't like me and when my bf is not present, mechanic talks down to me like if I was trash "

Going off thread but think some men have a problem when women talk cars.

Some friends of mine, she wanted a new car and would be paying for it out of her money. Her husband went with her, for no other reason than he just did. They entered a car showroom and she started asking the salesman some questions. Instead of replying to her the salesman replied to her husband. The result was that the salesman lost a sale and they went elsewhere. There the salesman spoke to her and he made a sale.

There is a thread on here where a female owner replaced the rams on the roof of her SLK but there were still problems so she took it to a mechanic who treated her as a unknowing female.

No wonder women have problems getting in to engineering.
Hello osi: and I agree with your statement above. It is possible that this mechanic may have a problem just because I am a woman. Going off topic, I have also thought he may be bothered because when I go I take my son with me who has a severe disability (my son is a young man) and is non verbal, among other disabilities. I do not "speak the car language" but I do ask questions, etc. I feel so humiliated every time he talks down to me.:cautious:. I will let you guys know how it goes and keep you posted. thanks
 

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Just an idea, but if you carefully lift up the gear selector plate cover there is a little white plastic switch on the back of the selector plate itself you can press which allows you to move the shifter without the ignition key in. This may get you into P since disconnecting the battery sounds horrible!

Maya ~ Tapatalk
Hello again: Quick question...sorry for my ignorance but I wanted to know why disconnecting the battery is a bad idea? Just curious. thanks
 
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