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    '04 WRX won't shift out of park...

    Hey guys,

    I'm new to this forum, and new to the car world. I just bought an '04 WRX, and I love it. It has been sitting at my house for a couple of weeks, because I need to strip off the straight pipe exhaust (Put the cats back on, so it will pass inspection) I came back home from school the other night tried starting the car, and it wouldn't turn over, so I spun the key again, and it started. Went to put the car into Drive (It's an automatic by the way), and the shifter knob wouldn't move out of park, I tried forcing it just to see if it was stuck, but to no avail. The car shifts into Reverse, and can drive in reverse if you hold the shifter in the "R" position. So, getting frustrated, I shut the car off, and tried to pull the key out of the ignition, and it wouldn't come out. So, now I have a perfectly good car sitting in my driveway, with the key in the ignition, and no way of putting the vehicle into drive. Does anyone have ANY ideas as to what could be the issue? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

    -Tr1s7an

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    is the key stuck because you left it in R?

    I have no idea why it won't go into drive did you not have your foot on the brake?
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    No, I had to force it into reverse, and then it snaps right back into park...and yeah...my foot was on the break. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tr1s7an View Post
    No, I had to force it into reverse, and then it snaps right back into park...and yeah...my foot was on the break. lol
    haha i am out of ideas then
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tr1s7an View Post
    No, I had to force it into reverse, and then it snaps right back into park...and yeah...my foot was on the break. lol
    brake

    and is there a CEL?

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    Yeah, there is a CEL, but it has been up since I bought it as it needs a new O2 sensor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tr1s7an View Post
    Yeah, there is a CEL, but it has been up since I bought it as it needs a new O2 sensor.
    so nothing involving the transmission?
    check the linkage and if you can't see anything ask someone who knows a lot about auto trannies...

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    Have you had any problems with the transmission prior to this? It could be something stuck inside, it could also be the plate on your shifter linkage has rotated. IN order to check it you're going to have to get the car up in the air and look under it on the drivers side of the transmission.

    Also, the only transmission code that can be thrown is a speed sensor CEL which would toss your car into limp mode with a redline around 3-3.5K.

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