The Adventures of Cindy Li
My VW Bug has a bug (Automatic: Stuck in park)
July 29 , 2006
Once upon a time…
I went to meet my friend Julie for lunch. My VW beetle wouldn’t get out of “Park” Its an automatic, turbo, circa 2001. Just so I can paint the story correctly, at least it was in the parking lot but, in 95 degree F weather. I was parked on a downward slope without the parking brake on. I started calling my two car friends, “Chewie” and David. One suggestion was to rock the car back and forth to get it the transmission “unlocked.” I now have directions on how to get it out of PARK!
Chivalry is not dead!
A random guy walking toward my car, stopped and said, I like your license plate. I stared at him, smiled and then asked can you help me out? I explained and he said, well I work for Papa John’s and I can ask the drivers to come help. :) Finally some luck. My response, “Thank you, thank you!” So picture this, three Papa John drivers trying to rock my car up so I could get it unstuck. No dice. :( I thanked them and then Julie called AAA (American Automotive Assistance). It was going to take an hour for them to show up.
VW Roadside service
I came up with the idea to look in the owner’s manual. I had to call VW road side service number. I found in the front of my owner’s manual. The woman on the phone first asked for my phone number (in case we got disconnected). Then, if I was in a safe location. got my VIN, my address, name, type of car, where I bought the car, when I bought the car, this took about 10 mins… She said I might be able to get the cost of the car being towed reimbursed. I asked her instead for help to get it unstuck out of park.
So here are the directions on how to start my car to get it unstuck until Monday (the first available time VW could get me in) since today is Saturday. So for those of you whose VW Beetle gets stuck in Park and won’t shift I am posting the directions for you! Keep in your glove compartment so you to can learn to do this little dance.
The Hokey Pokey dance to get it out park
- 1. I have to turn it off
- 2. Pump the car’s brake 5 times and hold it for the 5th time all the way down
- 3. Turn the car on completely
- 4. Wait 5 seconds
- 5. Then turn it off
- 6. Turn it 1/4 turn (no lights on the dashboard of the car)
- 7. Then I can turn the shift in between Neutral and Drive
- 8. Then turn the car completely on to turn it completely on to shift it into drive
I have to do this EVERY time to move the car.
I am hoping this is an easy fix. I’ll post the update on the car. Please dear god let it not be a lot of money…..