Mechanics

SHIFTER/SELECTOR NOT FUNCTIONING

2000 Jaguar S-Type

Transmission problem
2000 Jaguar S-Type V8 Two Wheel Drive Automatic 92000 miles

My car was towed by a Tow Company called Mid-State Auto using a flatbed tow truck. When I went to pick the vehicle up, the shift selector was totally broken. There is no gearbox fault or transmission fault indicator lit. The Lit shifter indicator remains in park, while the selector easily moves throughout its entire range with no resistance. I Thought it was a broken shift cable but after replacing the shift cable the mechanic discovered the white clip, at the base of the shifter, that encloses the mechanisim which moves the shift cable was broken. First question, can just the clip be replaced or must the entire GEARSHIFT SHIFTER ASSEMBLY XR817754 be replaced.

While I pressed on the brake he manually attempted to shift out of park(at the transmission) from underneath the vehicle (since the clip is broken on the shifter) and it doesn't move or shift. It appears to be stuck in park. I wasnt pressing on what I believe is gearshift interlock latch at the time (from inside the car) so maybe that might prevent it from shifting. I'm thinking the gearshift interlock latch is on the right side of the shifter just opposite of the broken clip, is black and moves down if you press on it. The mechanic states that the transmission isnt locked and appears to be fine.
Second question, can you show me where the gearshift interlock latch is located in a diagram or picture.

THe mechanic believes that the tow company somehow jammed the shiftng mechanisn by elevating the car in park without the emergency brake on. Once the shifting mechanism became jammed they tried to physically force the shifter out of park breaking the clip at the base of the shifter.

The car ran perfectly fine until it was towed, we have already replace the shift cable, and will replace either the entire GEARSHIFT SHIFTER ASSEMBLY or just the clip(if thats possible). But I fear that something else mlight be wrong/jammed with the shifting mechanism because we are unable to manually shift it or maybe we arent doing something right.

Thanks
Carl
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Dallas4lr
March 21, 2010.



As far as the plastic clip on the shifter, you would have to call Jag and see if it is a serviceable item. It sounds liek the parking paw in thetrans may have been damaged, that would/could cause it to be stuck in park and not shift out. If far too much stress is placed on thie mechanical locking action that is Park in the trans, it can jam it causing the trans to not come back out of park. If you cant move the shifter at the trans with the cable unhooked, the trans may have to be taken apart to some degree to find out what has been damaged. Be sure to let the tow company know where you are at with this vehicle. My software doesnt have any pics of the shift lock system, only the wiring diagram. But if you depress the brake and can see the lever raising up, it sounds like it is working. Try woring the shifter with the trans end of the cable unhooked, that will at least let you know if the shifter is working properly

Tiny
Jack42
Mar 23, 2010.
Well,

It eneded up being the plastic clip, replaced it with an after market steel replacement from coventry.

Thanks

Tiny
Dallas4lr
Mar 27, 2010.
Must be a common problem if the replacements are steel. Good find

Tiny
Jack42
Mar 27, 2010.
The same thing happened to my 2000 Jaguar S-Type. Do you know what the plastic white clip on the shifter is called? Where can the metal aftermarket replacement be found?

Tiny
J_alise
Oct 1, 2010.