Shift lock solenoid on Volkswagen jetta ?


Before you go to any expense checking this, try opening the plastic cover around the shifter and spraying a good dose of WD-40 all around the shift linkage as your problem may just be a sticking part in the mechanism. If this doesn’t work, you'll need to have the shift solenoid/actuator checked out by a mechanic. OR by VW dealer near by.

Sounds like the linage from the gear shifter to the transmission. I guess it could be a tranny problem, but lets hope for the best.

I would try adjusting the linkage. The trans is the only part that allows the trans to go into park, if the linkage is not adjusted properly (to tight of tolerances) then it cannot travel into park. Put the truck in neutral with ebrake on. Is the needle on the dash in the center of the "N"? If it is not, then you have to crawl under the vehicle, and loosen a nut on the linkage. That is the adjustment side. Put the vehicle into park (if you can( with the nut loose and the shifter in park. When both are in park, then tighten the jamb nut and then try to shift normally. If works, great, if not, go to trans shop. Or its a dealers job, to take care of it.


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