My automatic shifter is stuck in park. I don't mean the transmission
is stuck in park, I mean the shifter. the transmission has about 500
miles on it since a complete rebuild. The nice burlwood handle (that I
thought was stock until finding out otherwise) came off in my hand
today. When I put it back in and got it seated back down on the shift
lever the shifter will not shift out of park. The button on the bottom
of the shifter is locked into place and won't release.
What's involved here a new shift handle and parts or the whole shift
mechanism? When the shift handle first came out it had a white plastic
shaft inside it that ended with about a quarter inch of steel. Now the
handle comes off without the plastic shaft. Does this plastic shaft
come with a factory or aftermarket shift handle?
I have noticed prior to this that it's very easy to have it in
performance mode in third gear and when shifting to fourth it
overshoots fourth and lands in neutral. Making me think something is
worn in there.
If I pop 80 bucks for the Bentley service manual will it provide the
instructions I need to tear the center consule apart and repair the
So far my BMW mechanics experience is limited to replacing the door
handle release cable and fixing a power window. This is the first BMW
I've had a chance to work on I'm impressed with the construction. Beats
most of the GM and Honda vehicles I've owned hands down.