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Avenger is Stuck in Park. Now What?

Can’t shift the car into reverse or drive! Now what?

This is most commonly reported from Dodge Avenger owners, but there have also been similar complaints about other Dodge makes as well as other Chrysler and Jeep vehicles having a similar problem.

Help, I’ve Parked and I Can’t Get Out

The problem is frustratingly simple: the car is working fine, until suddenly one day when in park you can’t put the car into gear. It seems to be caused by a weak design made with cheap plastic parts.

While it doesn’t always work, there is something you can do to try and fix the problem to try and get going again without calling a tow truck. According to jhpatte over at answers.edmunds.com you will have to remove the interior cover of the gear shifter using a blunt object (some have suggested a butter knife); don’t worry these supposedly just snap back into place. Next, press the brakes down and pull back on the hot pink tab located inside the shifter assembly as you pull the shifter into gear.

 I drove to work today, went on lunch break and my car starts but will not move out of park. I call my husband, my brother and a few patients and orther people looked at car, could not get it out of park. I called about the warranty and they told me they do not think it is covered under my EXTENDED warranty plan. HOW can something that does not allow your car to shift out of gear not be covered on warranty or without warranty? I havent had car 2 years yet and it would not be an issue if they would just fix it…NO CHARGE. – 2008 Avenger Owner in KY

If you can get your car in gear it might be best to drive over to a service shop. If you are still warranty you definitely should take it to the shop!.

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Which Vehicles Are We Talking About Here?

Dodge Issued a Recall

Dodge issued a recall on August 30th, 2010. Go <a href=”http://recalls.mopar.com”>to this page</a>, enter the last 8 digits from your VIN or call 1-800-853-1403. No class action lawsuits have been filed.

Where This Problem is Likely to Occur

Model Generation Years PainRank
Avenger 2nd Gen 2008–2014 23.6
Charger 6th Gen 2006–2010 25.87

OK, Now What?

Maybe you've experienced this problem. Maybe you're concerned you will soon. Whatever the reason, you can help make sure it gets the attention it deserves.

  1. File Your Complaint

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  2. Notify CAS

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  3. Report a Safety Concern

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  4. Contact Dodge

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    P.O. Box 21-8004 Auburn Hills MI 48321-8004 USA

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