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'05 Mustang will not shift into gear or put in park...HELP!!

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Old 12-09-2010, 12:44 AM   #1
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Unhappy '05 Mustang will not shift into gear or put in park...HELP!!

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I am new to this but really need help trying to figure out what is wrong with my car before taking it to a mechanic since I can't even drive it anymore and I do not want them to think I am dumb since I am a girl.

Earlier today, I put my 2005 Mustang in park and it would either go in reverse or move forward so I just put the handbrake up and turned it off. When I went back to turn on my car it wouldn't let me because I had to have it in park. I moved the gear all the way back to the 1 and moved it back to park, this seemed to have solved the issue. I drove home, parked and when I needed to use the car again, I reversed the car put it in drive and when I put it back in reverse to adjust myself, it would just go forward. I managed to get out of the driveway and as soon as I got on the road, I noticed my car would not shift gears. It is an automatic so it should do this by itself. I continued driving to my destination but when I would drive over 25mph it would make a loud humming sound (I know this can't be a good sound). Once I got home, I was only able to turn off the car by using the handbrake and it would not let me put it in reverse. I let it sit for a while and went back to see if maybe it worked but now it won't turn on and what I did earlier won't work either. =(
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Old 12-09-2010, 02:23 AM   #2
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Not sure what is going on with the transmission gear selector, but to get the handle to release from park you need to flip open the oval panel near the handle and press the button to get it out of park
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Old 12-09-2010, 05:37 AM   #3
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Never owned or even driven an automatic in many years, never even test-drove a mustang with the option, but I donīt think itīll even let you take it out of park without holding the usual button in, so Iīm assuming unless this is the first time sheīs driven the car or any automatic she knows to do this.

Iīll admit from the description itīs a bit confusing exactly how and what is going on here, but if itīs still rolling after putting it in park, not allowing you to put it in park holding the button in to move the shifter while at a complete stop, and itīs not shifting correctly when you put it in Drive(D), something is really FUBAR.

Check the auto transmission fluid levels before you even attempt to start it again. Thereīs a stick to check it in the engine compartment, ask a relative or something to check it for you if you canīt find it. And ask īem to give you a ride to the store to buy a few quarts if itīs extremely low. Then if thatīs not the issue, or doesnīt solve it right away if your going to drive it anywhere, drive it to a shop. Better to be thought a fool, than having to pay a few thousand bucks to have further damage fixed. Vanity will just get you from being thought a fool to being one in practice. Complete with a price-tag associated with it.

To check it properly, pull the stick out, wipe it off with a clean rag, (the right one will have green fluid on it) a paper towel will do in a pinch, then put it back in all the way, leave it for 2 or 3 seconds, pull it back out and see if itīs in between the marked points on the stick for the proper level. Put it back in. Youīll need to buy a funnel for this if you need to add more automatic transmission fluid.

If your really worried about them ripping you off because your female, and/or young, then bring along a bf, relative or the like. It isnīt paranoia in this case usually, as they tend to take things a bit more serious if your male and over the age of 30.
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Old 12-09-2010, 08:23 AM   #4
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Thought you had a shifter malfunction until you said "loud humming sound". Always check your a/t fluid as stated before, but weird sounds in transmissions are not good and you should make arrangements to get her to the shop. The more you drive it at this point, the more damage you could be doing. Sorry to hear about the trouble, hope its nothing major.

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Old 12-09-2010, 10:49 AM   #5
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When was the last time you had maintenance done on the car?

I've only had my auto not shift gears once, and it was when I manually shifted. I was in 3rd and was stuck in 3rd gear even though I shifted to D (4th) and turned OD (5th) back on. The issue was resolved after I shut the car off and back on. Now you do have something more serious, but if it does get stuck in gear, you can try doing that.

Since you were stuck in 1st gear, I hope you weren't trying to push it. The loud hum you might have heard was you hitting the rev limiter or your rpms were very high.
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Old 12-09-2010, 11:44 AM   #6
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Another 05 with problems...

Go figure.
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Old 12-09-2010, 12:46 PM   #7
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Yikes! I have a manual and only had issues when my E-brake froze to my rear caliper. I couldn't move forward or backwards until the ice thawed.
Sorry I am not much help......Good luck getting this issue resolved!
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For those that are unaware, the 5R55s is a sealed transmission and has no stick to check it.
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For those that are unaware, the 5R55s is a sealed transmission and has no stick to check it.
Just googled it, I wasn't even remotely aware of that one. That's possibly the lamest thing I've noted in some time. So you can't even manually tell, you have to drag it into the dealership to check/change. Just wow.
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For those that are unaware, the 5R55s is a sealed transmission and has no stick to check it.
Yep, no stick, but there IS a procedure to check it...

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Just googled it, I wasn't even remotely aware of that one. That's possibly the lamest thing I've noted in some time. So you can't even manually tell, you have to drag it into the dealership to check/change. Just wow.
A big tranny fluid slick in the driveway would indicate a leak
and that service would be needed. Not a trip to the stealership.
No leaks, the level is proper for proper operation.
Now a used stang that previously occupied someone elses
driveway before yours is a different story.
I like knowing the history of my 'bought new' stang.

Its also user servicable if the user is knowledgable.
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A big tranny fluid slick in the driveway would indicate a leak
and that service would be needed. Not a trip to the stealership.
*snip*
Its also user servicable if the user is knowledgable.
That's still extreme cheese IMO. Putting that into the F-150's and others is just kind of a pimp-slap to the face.

Thing is, what if it's a slow leak? Not parked at home when it leaked? While still obviously unfamiliar with them, I assume these scenarios are still possible. To have to bust out a vacuum pump and such just to check and/or fill, my "WTF?"-meter is still pegged for that one.
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For those that are unaware, the 5R55s is a sealed transmission and has no stick to check it.
That's good to know...now. lol
Probably why I take it to the dealership for service...im engine retarded.

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Old 12-10-2010, 09:59 AM   #13
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Read owners Manual

Sounds like your brake solenoid has failed and that is preventing the shifter from being put into or removed from park. There is the little white button under a cover plate. Like mentioned above, use that to bypass the solenoid and see if the problem is corrected
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That's good to know...now. lol
Probably why I take it to the dealership for service...im engine retarded.
Same here, no way in hell am I touching most of the mechanical aspects of my car for mods or simple upkeep. Not the dealer in many cases, but still.

Iīd have probably known about this several years ago if I had an auto as Iīd be looking in the compartment for 20mins and while muttering expletives post/search for why I canīt find the bloody thing. While I donīt usually so much as change my oil any more, I do like to know enough to at least keep checking things in between maintenance visits.
I even like reading the instructions that come for doing the rear ends and such, no way in hell Iīd ever actually do it myself, but itīs nice to know whatīs involved.
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That's still extreme cheese IMO. Putting that into the F-150's and others is just kind of a pimp-slap to the face.

Thing is, what if it's a slow leak? Not parked at home when it leaked? While still obviously unfamiliar with them, I assume these scenarios are still possible. To have to bust out a vacuum pump and such just to check and/or fill, my "WTF?"-meter is still pegged for that one.
A selective leaky tranny that knows the difference between
your driveway and the walmart parking lot so it never leaks
when parked at home but does leak othertimes when not
parked in the driveway of its owner?
I would not give Ford that much design credit.

Shoulda got a manual tranny so you wont have to worry about
automatic transmission fluid levels. Ford did it to keep owners
from putting in the wrong fluid then claiming defective warranty
work.
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A selective leaky tranny that knows the difference between
your driveway and the walmart parking lot so it never leaks
when parked at home but does leak othertimes when not
parked in the driveway of its owner?
I would not give Ford that much design credit.

Shoulda got a manual tranny so you wont have to worry about
automatic transmission fluid levels. Ford did it to keep owners
from putting in the wrong fluid then claiming defective warranty
work.
The few leaky ones that amounted to damage from friends having this, leaked most of the contents out while away.
Really, do you check under the car before you jump into it every day anyplace you are? Home, work, mall?

As for myself, I don't have that issue, as I've had a couple auto transmissions, but never intentionally bought a car with it. Certainly, not this car.
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I would say the OP either has an issue with the push button shifter release on the side of the shifter handle OR as mentioned, the shifter release solenoid that is activated by the brake pedal. As to the noise when driving, sounds like the wrong gear was selected by the driver. Keeping things simple at first helps sort out an issue. Just wish the OP would respond as to anything helping.
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AzPete, O/T, but I love the last line in your sig!
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