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Old 09-11-2006, 12:17 PM   #1
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gear shift knocked into neutral while driving!?!

Has anyone else had this problem? Twice now I've been driving on the highway when my gear shift (it's an automatic) has been nudged by the passenger reaching for the radio. Both times it slid right into neutral... while driving on the highway! Ugh! I've searched this board for similar posts and have had no luck. Any idea what could be wrong? I"ll be taking my E to the dealer this week, I guess!
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Old 09-11-2006, 12:21 PM   #2
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...Twice now I've been driving on the highway when my gear shift (it's an automatic) has been nudged by the passenger reaching for the radio. Both times it slid right into neutral... Any idea what could be wrong? ...
Yeah, you have clumsy passengers!

Unless there is something wrong with your linkage, it should take a fair amount of force to push the lever out of gear if the lock button isn't depressed.
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Old 09-11-2006, 12:26 PM   #3
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Yeah, you have clumsy passengers!
Maybe your passangers should be less shibby...
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Unless there is something wrong with your linkage, it should take a fair amount of force to push the lever out of gear if the lock button isn't depressed.
Not exactly true. If you want to downshift from D you'll have to depress the button. To go into Rev you'll have to brake and press the button. However; you can shift from Rev to Nuetral to Drive without it and move from Nuetral to Drive and back with little effort without the button.

So next time someone knocks it out put it back in D. Then yell at your passenger.

My last car was an auto and my friends thought it was funny to shift me into nuetral at lights. It was almost as funny as the look on their faces in my rear view mirror as I drove away form them.
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Old 09-11-2006, 01:47 PM   #5
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Not exactly true. If you want to downshift from D you'll have to depress the button. To go into Rev you'll have to brake and press the button. However; you can shift from Rev to Nuetral to Drive without it and move from Nuetral to Drive and back with little effort without the button.

So next time someone knocks it out put it back in D. Then yell at your passenger.

My last car was an auto and my friends thought it was funny to shift me into nuetral at lights. It was almost as funny as the look on their faces in my rear view mirror as I drove away form them.
yeah, you can shift it into neutral without pressing any buttons - how else are your stupid friends supposed to make you look dumb?! (we used to do this to eachother when we were teenagers and were all stupid)
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Old 09-11-2006, 01:59 PM   #6
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Old 09-11-2006, 02:44 PM   #7
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I've knocked it into N myself, reaching for the radio. At least it was in the driveway and not on the road.
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Pretty much every car in existance with an automatic is designed to be easily put into Neutral from a drive gear without using the button as a safety measure. Even on column mounted shifters, you don't have to pull the shifter back to go from Drive to Neutral. Basically, if someone leaves the car in Drive and gets out, it's a lot easier to reach and push the shifter than to have to get in and press a button to move the shifter.

The real solution to this is to get a manual, so that your moron friends can't knock your car out of gear.
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Old 09-12-2006, 09:29 AM   #9
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Coffee is actually rare in my car while I drive. The cell phone does ring and i do have to answer it and take care of business, I use an earpiece. For anyone's info I do know how to use my mirrors, signal for turns and lane changes and avoid pedestrians at the same time. I am a very courteous, defensive driver at ALL times. I ALWAYS watch out for the other driver or pedestrian. I do not want to deal with issues, especially when it's someone elses fault, so I always maintain vigilence. The phone is audio the road is visual. I have seen other people that can't seem to manage both at the same time so I understand your trepidation. If you wish to complain about a legal activity that you want changed then I suggest you take it up with your government representative and don't flame on me. Cyclists do not always obey the traffic rules by not stopping at stop signs or signaling changes in direction so one must always be careful around them. You may ride correctly but many don't so motorists must be prepared as much as possible around them on the roads.
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The real solution to this is to get a manual, so that your moron friends can't knock your car out of gear.

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