2001 Volvo XC70 6 cyl All Wheel Drive Automatic 750000 miles
Boy has this been a fun problem. At the moment we have a problem with the gear shift getting stuck in park. It wont budge at all.
We know that you need the key in position 1, the brake pedal depressed and the gear shift release button pressed but that doesn't allow it into reverse.
When you press the brake pedal you can feel the solenoid working so its not the micro switch linked to the pedal. We've also noticed that the shift will eventually release when the temperature rises above 12 -15 degrees.
We took it to a mechanic and they cleaned the solenoid cylinder so that it appeared to work without obvious friction but still the problem persists.
The mechanic also tightened the hand brake as we have a steep drive way and he suggested that the issue could be due to pressure being applied to the locking pin when the car is stopped on the slope.
I'm starting to wonder if the issue could be due to the actual transmission as once the gear shift does release, the gear changes with a fair clunk.
I know its causing the mechanic grief and us as well as the car is far from reliable now.
One other point that we've noticed is that the key wont release without some effort. We've found that we need to push the key in while having the brake pedal depressed to get it past an obstructing pin. You can feel the key overcoming the pin when it passes from position 1 to off.
Any ideas on this would be brilliant. I'm not too happy having a 2 tonne ornament on the driveway
Peter from Penrith
Thursday, August 27th, 2009 AT 6:27 PM