2002 Tracker won't shift out of park

2002 Tracker won't shift out of park

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ErnieB

Somerset, NJ

#1 Mar 6, 2011
I have a 2002 Tracker and a few months ago it wouldn't shift out of park (which mysteriously "just happened" while it was at the dealer for a "check engine" light that was illuminated). Anyway,$1100 and three days later, I got the truck back. They said there was an electrical issue (the brake wasn't communicated to the gear selector that it was being depressed) and the solanoid in the gear selector itself needed to be replaced. I'm not mechanically inclined so I paid and got my truck back. About a month ago, it got stuck again - and I'm not sure how, but I managed to get it to shift out of park and I was on my way. Today, it's happened again and it's not budging this time. Anyone else suffer from this and if so, any advice? I can't even get it towed at this point because there's simply no way to get it out of park. Not even with the key half-turned.
James

Riverview, MI

#2 Feb 14, 2012
Did you ever resolve this issue and what exactly was the fix....i have read on a few other forums that others with this same auto problem were able to fix with a new brake booster or brake pedal switch? But this is the exact problem my parents are having on their tracker and the dealer is about to charge them 700-800 dollars for the repair.....if that is not the fix and it is something more simple, i want to notify them before they spend the money.
ErnieB wrote:
I have a 2002 Tracker and a few months ago it wouldn't shift out of park (which mysteriously "just happened" while it was at the dealer for a "check engine" light that was illuminated). Anyway,$1100 and three days later, I got the truck back. They said there was an electrical issue (the brake wasn't communicated to the gear selector that it was being depressed) and the solanoid in the gear selector itself needed to be replaced. I'm not mechanically inclined so I paid and got my truck back. About a month ago, it got stuck again - and I'm not sure how, but I managed to get it to shift out of park and I was on my way. Today, it's happened again and it's not budging this time. Anyone else suffer from this and if so, any advice? I can't even get it towed at this point because there's simply no way to get it out of park. Not even with the key half-turned.
Butch

Franklin, TN

#3 May 5, 2012
My sister's 2001 did the same thing. I replace the "STP" fuse under the dash and she was back going again. Fuse has blown again and we are looking now to see what the problem might be. But replacing the fuse should get you back home or to the shop.
wisyakman

Prairie Du Sac, WI

#4 Jan 30, 2013
on the drivers side on the side of the center console you will find a small panel with one screw removeit put your fingur inside and push a litle metal plate to the rear of the truck , while you do this shit it from park. I have been driving my o2 tracker this way for 2 years now.
HLipp

Des Plaines, IL

#5 Mar 18, 2013
This procedure works. I talked my daughter thru it and saved me a TOW charge. Now I still need to get it fixed.
wisyakman wrote:
on the drivers side on the side of the center console you will find a small panel with one screw removeit put your fingur inside and push a litle metal plate to the rear of the truck , while you do this shit it from park. I have been driving my o2 tracker this way for 2 years now.
Donna

Kemp, TX

#6 Jul 14, 2013
Hello my 2000 Tracker's shift will Move but its stuck in Park and it is Very Hard to put it back in Park ~ this all happened when my Son was Backing out of the Drive way and then was going to put it in Drive and nothing Happened ~ Now its Stuck on the Side of the Road In park cant get it out of park!
JIM

Westbank, Canada

#7 Apr 20, 2014
2002 TRACKER can,t get it out of Park
Tom

Marshfield, MO

#8 May 11, 2014
There's 2 fuse blocks, one under drivers left side dash, which has the "STP" fuse Butch mentioned above-that was the culprit in my case (May 11, 2014). There is a second fuse block under the hood which contains a pair of fuses for the lockout relay-look there if STP fuse is okay. The over-ride per wisyakman above on this 2004 is in same spot, but felt more like an upright, plastic rectangle. You have to angle your finger slightly down and push it slightly to the rear, about 1/8". Your finger will be all the way in to reach it-it's past the power switch wires. Key has to be on, engine doesn't need to be running. Set the park brake though-you will roll when it comes out of park if you aren't level!
Tom

Marshfield, MO

#9 May 11, 2014
Tom wrote:
There's 2 fuse blocks, one under drivers left side dash, which has the "STP" fuse Butch mentioned above-that was the culprit in my case (May 11, 2014). There is a second fuse block under the hood which contains a pair of fuses for the lockout relay-look there if STP fuse is okay. The over-ride per wisyakman above on this 2004 is in same spot, but felt more like an upright, plastic rectangle. You have to angle your finger slightly down and push it slightly to the rear, about 1/8". Your finger will be all the way in to reach it-it's past the power switch wires. Key has to be on, engine doesn't need to be running. Set the park brake though-you will roll when it comes out of park if you aren't level!
PS-that under hood block is on passengers side near the battery.
danceriverdance

United States

#10 Nov 5, 2014
I have had my 98 tracker for a few years now. When I first discovered that it would get stuck in park it freaked me out. This is what I have found. If you start the car and drive it for a short period (short period can vary) and then put it in park, it will get stuck. I have found that if I let it heat up and run for a bit, my car will eventually go into gear. I just discovered that if I mess with the shifter by pressing it down hard and wiggling it it will sometimes go into gear sooner than later.
El Rojo Grande

Bladensburg, MD

#11 Dec 25, 2014
Same deal with my Tracker. It was a safety switch to let the brake and transmission communicate. Switch- $120; labor- $200.
Old Bill

Andale, KS

#12 Feb 9, 2015
Trailer wiring was getting old, insulation cracked, brake light wire shorted, blew fuse. No power to the brakes means you can't shift out of park, interlock switch is on the same circuit. Cut the trailer wiring after replacing the fuse, taped and tucked it all away until I can do an overhaul of the trailer wiring.
el rogo grande

Lititz, PA

#13 Mar 2, 2015
Regarding Post #11: Problem found! The battery rear hold down bolt actually shifted and wore through wires on the firewall. This was shorting out the fuse that controls the lock solenoid and turn signals. A few more hundred and I'll be King of the Road" again. Crap!
2000TrackerWoman

United States

#14 Mar 10, 2015
My 2000 Chevy tracker was stuck in park. We checked the brake lights and it wasnt the stp fuse. We shattered the shift button out and couldn't get the lever pushed down better. We unscrewed the shifter and while taking that off we accidentally cut the wire for the button below. Was suppose to pull out easy like radio speakers. Still couldn't push lever down to get out of park. We unscrewed the whole base. There are two buttons on the sides that are easy pop off. Need flat and star screw driver for this. Once the whole base was off, we pulled the yellow lever horizontally while pushing the held down shifter into reverse and once your out of park with yellow lever leave lever alone while switching into other gears. It did blow the signal lights fuse so get that replaced if happens. Try to go straight to the base, not sure if that would be easy. Now you can get to where you need to!!!!
canada

Mississauga, Canada

#15 Oct 17, 2015
Donna wrote:
Hello my 2000 Tracker's shift will Move but its stuck in Park and it is Very Hard to put it back in Park ~ this all happened when my Son was Backing out of the Drive way and then was going to put it in Drive and nothing Happened ~ Now its Stuck on the Side of the Road In park cant get it out of park!
Did you ever figure this out.. same thing hapened to me this morning!
canada

Mississauga, Canada

#16 Oct 18, 2015
canada wrote:
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Did you ever figure this out.. same thing hapened to me this morning!
To follow up on my own issue .. it ended up being a tiny clamp that holds the shifter lever to the tranny had rusted off and linkage came apart.
Mcdgirl

United States

#17 Jun 16, 2016
wisyakman wrote:
on the drivers side on the side of the center console you will find a small panel with one screw removeit put your fingur inside and push a litle metal plate to the rear of the truck , while you do this shit it from park. I have been driving my o2 tracker this way for 2 years now.
Thanks man! Saved my life was stuck n 100+ degree weather when this happened with my tracker. Seriously ty I had my son with me. I owe u.
Shellz

Virgin Islands, British

#18 Jun 29, 2016
canada wrote:
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To follow up on my own issue .. it ended up being a tiny clamp that holds the shifter lever to the tranny had rusted off and linkage came apart.
How was this resolved? What did you purchase? The same is happening to my mom's tracker and I refuse to buy a complete gear shift box if it's unnecessary.

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