I've read a few things on this group and others about similiar
problems, but I thought I'd see if anyone has any ideas about my
specific situation before having my car towed to a dealer.
Thanks in advance for any information.
1998 Buick Regal LS with about 89000 miles on it.
The Big Problem:
Starts up ok, but won't shift out of park. The shift lever physically
moves to all positions (1,2,3,D,N,R,P) but no matter what position I
move the shift lever to the shift indicator on the dash stays in Park
and there is no other indication (bump,jolt,knock,grind,etc) that the
car is even trying to shift. My car is now permanently parked outside
my condo and I'm pretty much stuck since it's hard to get to the hood
or check under it with the other cars around.
Possibly unrelated problem:
Has an intermittant problem with the Check Engine Soon light turning on
that usually goes away with a few hours after parking the car for
awhile. While the light is on the car hesitates a lot in the lower
gears, but seems to drive ok at higher speeds. Reading the codes at
Autozone revealed "Torque Converter Circuit Stuck On". My local Buick
Dealer charged me about $100.00 to tell me they didn't know what was
wrong because the light wasn't on when I drove it to them. I figure
the Torque Converter Solenoid probably needs to be replaced, but I
haven't gotten to it yet.