Melanie Reiff
Updated on Aug 11, 2022
If you cannot shift your car into park, get an inspection right away. The issue is likely being caused by a broken or malfunctioning shifter, shifter cable, or ignition.
Shifting gears and parking your car are necessary for safety on the road. Need assistance? Jerry has you covered. Jerry not only gets you the most affordable rates on car insurance but can also help you navigate through a variety of car maintenance concerns.
The exact cost varies between different Geo models. For example, newer vehicle models are usually made with more expensive materials, so recent or high-end models will cost more, especially if your service requires a part replacement. Use the table below to estimate the cost for your own vehicle.
CarTotal Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostAverage Dealer PriceEstimated Service Duration
1989
Geo 
Spectrum
$60$0$60$601h
1992
$60$0$60$601h
1995
Geo 
Metro
$60$0$60$601h
1994
Geo 
Prizm
$60$0$60$601h
1990
Geo 
Storm
$60$0$60$601h

What is an inspection for a car that’s not shifting into park?

The primary part responsible for putting your vehicle into park is the shifter. The shifter cable connects to your car’s transmission. A mechanic will examine the shifter to check for the following problems:

Stretched transmission shift cable

The cable connecting the shifter to the transmission can stretch over time and eventually break. Often when the cable stretches, the entire shifter is misaligned. A misaligned shifter will indicate that the car is in one gear (like drive), but is actually in another (like reverse). As you can imagine, this puts you in a very dangerous situation!

Broken transmission shift cable

A broken cable guarantees that the car will not go into park. Stretched or broken transmission shift cables need to be replaced.

Faulty shifter

Your mechanic will open the shifter’s covering and examine the parts inside. Loose or broken parts cause the shifter to stop working. Luckily, these parts should be fairly easy to repair.

Worn out ignition tumbler

Most newer cars start with the press of a button rather than turning the ignition with a key. If you use a key to start your car, the ignition tumbler may be worn out. This makes taking a car in or out of park extremely difficult.

Transmission problems

Transmissions have many parts which wear out with age. For example, failing transmission solenoids could be causing issues with the flow of transmission fluid. Properly flowing transmission fluid is necessary to shift your car from gear to gear.

How to get an inspection for a car not shifting into park

First, examine your shifter and gear channel to ensure that there is no debris such as coins or food causing it not to move through the gears. If this doesn’t correct the problem, you will need to contact a mechanic.
Often, the best way to find a mechanic you can trust is by asking family or friends. You may also want to check online reviews.

How important is it to get an inspection for a car not shifting into park?

It’s very important to have a mechanic diagnose and repair gear shifting malfunctions. The sooner you have your car looked at, the better—ignoring the problem could lead to far more costly repairs, like having to replace your entire transmission.

Finding affordable car insurance

Maintenance upkeep is incredibly important, but so is paying less for car insurance! Super app Jerry makes this process quick and easy.
Simply answer a few basic questions and in just 45 seconds you’ll have a list of competitive insurance rates right at your fingertips. Jerry will even help you cancel your existing policy once you decide to switch.
Keep in mind that your location is another factor that determines the final cost of repairs. Areas with higher cost of living will usually have more expensive car repair services, especially if there’s less local competition. Check out the table below for an estimate of what Geo drivers pay in different cities.
CityCarTotal Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostAverage Dealer PriceEstimated Service Duration
1989
Geo 
Spectrum
$110$0$110$1101h
1994
Geo 
Prizm
$117.46$0$117.46$117.461h
1990
Geo 
Storm
$126.29$0$126.29$126.291h
1995
Geo 
Metro
$110$0$110$1101h
1992
$140$0$140$1401h
1989
Geo 
Spectrum
$114.86$0$114.86$114.861h
Alpine
NJ
1994
Geo 
Prizm
$115.57$0$115.57$115.571h
1990
Geo 
Storm
$129.08$0$129.08$129.081h
1995
Geo 
Metro
$111.68$0$111.68$111.681h
1992
$80$0$80$801h
Jerry doesn’t just offer fair price repair estimates for Geo drivers! Our team of writers has collected everything you need to know for every car. Here’s how much the repair costs for some popular cars:
CarTotal Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostAverage Dealer PriceEstimated Service Duration
1977
GMC 
G35
$60$0$60$601h
2014
Toyota 
Avalon
$60$0$60$601h
1977
GMC 
C25 Suburban
$60$0$60$601h
1986
GMC 
K2500
$60$0$60$601h
1991
$60$0$60$601h
2001
Chevrolet 
Silverado 2500 HD
$60$0$60$601h
The cost of repairs might vary depending on which Geo you drive, but there’s an easy way to save money for the services you need! Just download the Jerry app for help lowering your insurance premiums. In less than 45 seconds, Jerry collects all of your information from your existing insurer. Choose from competitive quotes from top insurance companies and Jerry takes care of the rest—securing your new policy and helping you cancel your old one upon request.
With an average annual savings of $887, Jerry can help you free up funds for the repairs your Geo’s needs.