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Old 07-20-2006, 06:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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325 Automatic Shiter won't move to "Park"

Hey members!

So My 1992 325i (Automatic Transmission) has a "slight problem" (big shocker!)

I can't engage, my shifter to P (Park) IT can shift/move from R-D-3 but thats it. It also can't move to L. The Car shifts fine (automatic) when driving & engages reverse just fine as well. But when I want to park, I have to leave it in Netural & set the E-Btake becase I can't physically move the shiter into P(park) The drag in I live in San Francisco so it's kinda a "buzz kill" if you know what I mean!

Any help would be MOST welcome!
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I believe the e36's use a solenoid actuated park lockout that only functions if the engine is below 3k revs and the brake pedal is depressed. If those two things do not exist together, the solenoid will not let you put it into park from drive/reverse.

If however both of those conditions are met, that solenoid or the lever on the shifter might be defective/broken.

I BELIEVE the e36 has that, i know the e32/34/46/etc does.
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Old 07-21-2006, 12:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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^^ This statement is correct.

If you want to trouble shoot the solenoid, remove the shift nob, remove the cover (the thing that has P,R,N,D etc) by pulling upwards. Towards the passenger side of the hole you've just exposed is a WHITE connector connecting the solenoid to the wiring harness of the tranny and ecu (make sure your keys are not in the ignition or in the on position) If you disconnect this white connector (two halves click into eachother) you should be able to put it in park. Now you won't be able to drive the car normally as disconnecting this plug places your car in LIMP-HOME mode. Now if by doing this you were able to engage the transmission into park your culprit would be the brake switch as you are required to press the brake to place the vehicle in park. The reason I ask you to disconnect the solenoid is tofigure whether it is actually working.

I had the same problem. It was my brake pedal switch.

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