2000 VW Jetta stuck in "P"

Tiny
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2000 jetta v6, approx 83k miles, auto. Initial problems began about 2 wks ago. About 6 different occasions, unable to move gear out of park. Sometimes after sitting, this would go away. Now EPC light on. Can't get car out of "park". Also, alarm would go off when I lock with key and walk away. Any ideas? Help :cry:
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Tuesday, May 30th, 2006 AT 6:54 PM

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Tiny
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Someone else posted the solution I am about to give in an earlier posting on this subject. But here goes.

I have the same problem for a week, but still have not taken my 2000 Jetta to the dealer. I called the service center one day and the manager gave me this solution, which lets you override the problem.

Start with the car off.

Turn the ignition key just a wee bit, so that only the radio comes on (if you have a factory radio) but the gas level meter or lights do not come on. This is a very slight turn. It shoudl allow you to put the gear in Neutraul (N).

Turn the ignition back off.

Now's the tricky part.

With your foot on the brake pedal, you have to turn the ignition on and AT THE SAME TIME crank the gear into drive. Of course, please have your foot on the brake!

I have seem several posts that say this problem is with a switch in teh transmission. A defective brake light can also cause this problem, believe it or not, so check to see that your brake lights work. Then again, I've had broken brake lights and this did not happen.

Hope this helps.
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Wednesday, August 30th, 2006 AT 11:18 AM
Tiny
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Replace your brake light switch. They cost around $10-15 and are a very easy way to fix the problem. I had the same problem a few days ago. The switch is located right underneath the brake pedal. It looks like a small button. When you depress your brake pedal, the switch should pop out and the car goes in gear. Mine messed up to where it wouldn't come out. Turning the key (and all that other stuff) isn't necessary.

To remove the switch, just turn it counterclockwise (I tihnk.) And it'll pop out by itself.

Hope that helped. :D
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Thursday, September 14th, 2006 AT 9:48 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for posting that.

For the record, the problem stopped by itself, and hasnt occurred again in a few weeks. I had that problem a few months back though. It seems to come and go, which is interesting.

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Saturday, September 16th, 2006 AT 10:10 AM

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