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Stuck gearshift

Has anyone had this happen???? I parked my 03 cl500 in the garage yesterday and now the car will not shift out of Park. The car starts and has run excellent but will not shift. I have tried to force it but realize that is the wrong thing to do. Any suggestions????
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Has anyone had this happen???? I parked my 03 cl500 in the garage yesterday and now the car will not shift out of Park. The car starts and has run excellent but will not shift. I have tried to force it but realize that is the wrong thing to do. Any suggestions????
Thanks for the help.
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My M-B doesn't have the shift lock feature but I've worked on cars that do. First thing to check, are your brake lights working? If not, no signal is getting to the solenoid to release the shifter lock. It could be a blown fuse, you might have kicked a wire and no current is getting through or several other causes. Now, one way to get around the shifter lock on some cars is to tuirn the key just enough to unlock the steering column but not turn any power on. You should be able to slip it into neutral and then start the car. You can go through the gears just fine.

Your solenoid works with the same power as the brake lights. You have to have your foot on the brake pedal. (You [I]are[I] using the brake pedal aren't you? The current to the brake lights also releases the lock solenoid.
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Thanks pmark, the car starts fine, it just will not shift out of Park.
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Thanks pmark, the car starts fine, it just will not shift out of Park.
of pmark's post that it appears the OP overlooked:

"You should be able to slip it into neutral and then start the car. You can [after starting in neutral, then] go through the gears just fine.

Your solenoid works with the same power as the brake lights. You have to have your foot on the brake pedal. (You [i]are[i] using the brake pedal aren't you? The current to the brake lights also releases the lock solenoid."

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Has anyone had this happen???? I parked my 03 cl500 in the garage yesterday and now the car will not shift out of Park. The car starts and has run excellent but will not shift. I have tried to force it but realize that is the wrong thing to do. Any suggestions????
Thanks for the help.
John
Hey man i have the same problem now!!! have u fixed it already? what was it?
expencive?
thanks for any info.
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03 Cl500 Stuck in Park!

I have the same problem also! I still have the problem but found a system to make it happen less.

What I do is when I park....
- stop the car and put it in neutral
- press the emergency break
- put in park

when I start the car
-right when I turn the key to start the car I immediatley (as the car is still revving up from the start) press the brakes and move the shifter in neutrual
-then after the car is warmed up and I release the ermergency break and go into drive.

It could be so many issues, I recently had my EIS replaced and thats when I noticed this problem, Any way it could be related??

I know it could also be that brake signal or faulty shifter, in my case I think some wiring was done incorrectly when I had my EIS replaced.

I think it shifts out of park immediately while starting bc that's when the car is sending most signals to the car to get ready, but once it idles then you can be in trouble.
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oh wow. im taking to the shop tomorrow. and will see what will happen.
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I have the same problem with my 2004 SL. Can't get it out of park. Will be taking to mechanic in a couple of days. Just started happening.
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... There is a small plastic part that is responsible for allowing the shifter to be taken out of park. It is activated by a solenoid that pushes the plastic part to allow the shifter to come out of park. Most of the parts in the box were metal. This particular part is plastic and very frail. It is easy to see that this part will become stressed over time and fail. ...









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