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Car won't go in gear after starting!

I can't get the this 2006 ss impala to go in any gear after starting. has anyone experienced this problem?
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You cant phyisically move your shifter? Or you put the car in Drive and it doesnt move forward?
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Very common on your car. Contact the dealer and before you are done explaining the problem, they will likely say "we can fix that" because they have lots of practice at it.
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Here is a link to a fellow whom found the common problem and fixed his:
https://www.impalaforums.com/chevy-im...s-what-do.html

Hope this helps you.


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This is a bunch of crap! I have an 06 SS as well and after I left the store with groceries in hand I couldn't get my car out of park as well! Luckily I have the extended service plan on my car and was able to get a free tow. Unfortunately for me the tow driver and I had to pull out my air charger kit and disconnect a few more wires before access could be made to the shift assembly so we can shift it to neutral.

I don't understand if this is such a common problem with this year of the car, why wasn't it addressed at a previous repair appointments? I baby the hell out my ride yet I have a stack of service orders for replacement of so many different parts. Parts that I've never tinkered with mind you.

I think my favorite 'bulletin' was when I was driving on a very busy street back in 2008 and my power steering lines decided to bust. After ratcheting down on the steering wheel to get the damn car to turn in the dealer I found out there was a bulletin and this was a known issue! Really starting to second guess this car as reliable...

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I had the same problem when i was like 2 hours from home you can take the bezel off around the shifter and on the right side there is a small (size of a nickel), silver button push is and you can shift (temp. fix). the ground wire came out of the selenoid.



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Hi everyone,

I'm really saddened to see you all are experiencing similar issues. Please don't hesitate to send me a direct message if you ever would like me to further investigate your concerns for you, and definitely keep me in the loop if this appears to be a recurring problem after attempted fixes. Many thanks to systemcheck2006 and 77Impala for posting possible resolutions.

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Hi everyone,

I'm really saddened to see you all are experiencing similar issues. Please don't hesitate to send me a direct message if you ever would like me to further investigate your concerns for you, and definitely keep me in the loop if this appears to be a recurring problem after attempted fixes. Many thanks to systemcheck2006 and 77Impala for posting possible resolutions.

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Katie, I'm having big problems with my 2006 Impala. I love my car. Bought it at the end of 2007. I regularly had my car serviced. Do my own minor work (backyard mechanic) and take good care of my vehicle. Just about 16 months or so ago, all of a sudden, my engine, pardon my french, just crapped out. It started to sputter, then had a loud banging noise, and then just died. I had the car towed to my mechanic who figured out that it was an internal problem. The scanner had thrown over 1400 codes but my engine light never came on and I never experience so much as a burp until now. My mechanic talked to the mechanic at the Chevy dealer and decided it was best for Chevy to take the car and do a complete engine tear down to figure out what was wrong. After the Chevy dealer got the vehicle, they tried several things, like changing the catalytic converter but no dice. They finally tore down the engine and found metal in the engine. My only recourse was to buy a new engine at a cost of approximately $7,000. Rather than spend $30,000 plus on another car, and since I just finished paying for this one and like my car, I went ahead and got the job done. I contacted the President of GM via certified letter explaining to him that in my discussions with GM, I was initially told that GM would pay for half of the cost. I thought that was cool. However, I received a call later stating that since I had an aftermarket CAT back system on my car and rims, they would not cover anything. That seems really unfair since nothing I did caused the engine to fail and for an engine to fail completely after less than 50,000 miles is ridiculous to me.

Now, after almost a year of the car running without problems, I'm driving home from work, and all of a sudden, the engine shutters, there's a high rev, and the car doesn't move. It's coasting but feels like the transmission isn't engaging in drive. There is a hard shift and the car moves forward but only at approximately 20 MPH. I slow down, put the car in 2nd and it drives ok. I drive it slowly back home. I get home, and I can smell the tranny. It has a "burnt" smell, never a good sign. I had to have my car towed to the dealer today. They said they had so many transmissions to work on, that they couldn't even look at my car until late next week or early the week after that. So, now, I'm out a car for over two weeks and possibly spending more than $3,000 on a new tranny if the transmission is blown. What the heck? Now, I find out that there were 6 TSBs about the transmission on the 2006 Impala and Chevy won't do anything to help me? What kind of service is that? Isn't Chevy the "Heartbeat of America"?
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If your shifter won't move after you press the brake pedal and try to put it in
drive or reverse then its usually your BTSI (brake to shift interlock).
Common issue in all GM vehicles!

If yours fails you can (in most models) turn key to the steering wheel unlock
position and place the gearshift in N. Then start engine and put in gear.
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Katie, I'm having big problems with my 2006 Impala. I love my car. Bought it at the end of 2007. I regularly had my car serviced. Do my own minor work (backyard mechanic) and take good care of my vehicle. Just about 16 months or so ago, all of a sudden, my engine, pardon my french, just crapped out. It started to sputter, then had a loud banging noise, and then just died. I had the car towed to my mechanic who figured out that it was an internal problem. The scanner had thrown over 1400 codes but my engine light never came on and I never experience so much as a burp until now. My mechanic talked to the mechanic at the Chevy dealer and decided it was best for Chevy to take the car and do a complete engine tear down to figure out what was wrong. After the Chevy dealer got the vehicle, they tried several things, like changing the catalytic converter but no dice. They finally tore down the engine and found metal in the engine. My only recourse was to buy a new engine at a cost of approximately $7,000. Rather than spend $30,000 plus on another car, and since I just finished paying for this one and like my car, I went ahead and got the job done. I contacted the President of GM via certified letter explaining to him that in my discussions with GM, I was initially told that GM would pay for half of the cost. I thought that was cool. However, I received a call later stating that since I had an aftermarket CAT back system on my car and rims, they would not cover anything. That seems really unfair since nothing I did caused the engine to fail and for an engine to fail completely after less than 50,000 miles is ridiculous to me.

Now, after almost a year of the car running without problems, I'm driving home from work, and all of a sudden, the engine shutters, there's a high rev, and the car doesn't move. It's coasting but feels like the transmission isn't engaging in drive. There is a hard shift and the car moves forward but only at approximately 20 MPH. I slow down, put the car in 2nd and it drives ok. I drive it slowly back home. I get home, and I can smell the tranny. It has a "burnt" smell, never a good sign. I had to have my car towed to the dealer today. They said they had so many transmissions to work on, that they couldn't even look at my car until late next week or early the week after that. So, now, I'm out a car for over two weeks and possibly spending more than $3,000 on a new tranny if the transmission is blown. What the heck? Now, I find out that there were 6 TSBs about the transmission on the 2006 Impala and Chevy won't do anything to help me? What kind of service is that? Isn't Chevy the "Heartbeat of America"?
Hello Jesse,

I am sorry to hear about the experience you have had with your Impala. I would be happy to look into your situation further. If this is something you would like me to do for you please reach out via PM with your name, address, phone number, VIN, current mileage, and involved dealership.

Sincerely,

Jonathan A.
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hi i have a 06 impala i went out one morning to go to work and have no reverse or drive . the shifter moves fine and is hooked up to the tranny the car only has 120,000km on it fluid is bright red and clean

any help thanks bill
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Is the tranny lever moving with the cable? If not then the cable broke possible at the shifter. If the lever is moving then the transmission is in need of a rebuild.


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Hi everyone,

I'm really saddened to see you all are experiencing similar issues. Please don't hesitate to send me a direct message if you ever would like me to further investigate your concerns for you, and definitely keep me in the loop if this appears to be a recurring problem after attempted fixes.
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Hi Katie

My 2009 Impala Is stuck in drive and shifter will not grip to other gears and stuck in street with emergency brake. SMH
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