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Tiptronic won't shift to D. Selector Lever Not Engaged

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Hello,

 

Please help, I just got my first Porsche and have a bit of bad luck lately. The latest is that I was out driving and all was well. I backed it into the garage and parked it. I noticed I needed to pull it in a little bit more. So I started it up, put it into reverse and the panel said "Selector Lever Not Engaged". So I slid it back into park. Waited a bit and then put it into drive hoping to get the shifter engaged thinking it was just a fluke. When I put it in D, the car started to back up. So the current configuration results in Park = parked, Reverse = Nothing, not even neutral, Neutral = Revers, Drive = Reverse. I've read a number of suggestions regarding "...Not Engaged" and they seem a little different than mine. Some suggestions are selector switch, cable is loose, transmission is blown, ... Anyone with more experience than me on this have an idea where to start or how to rule some things out?

 

The car is a 2002 996 C2 Tiptronic

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Welcome to RennTech :welcomeani:

 

Most common problem is with the shifter itself or the cable coming loose at the gearbox.  Further investigation is required.

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Not sure where you are located in the city but if you have someone look at the car and are willing to drive a little bit outside of the city call Jon Rhodes at ET Tuning.  I have no affiliation other than I was a former customer but would highly recommend him.  His rates are half the dealer's and he is every bit as knowledgeable and professional (actually probably more).  He has a dyno and a bunch of lifts/equipment; this is no gas station service shop.  They did all sorts of work for me, some of which was very complex, and his guys always did a great job.  The only time I ever had an issue I confirmed it was WorldPac's fault so I don't count it against him and he took care of it.  You are very lucky to live so close to someone who is so good and inexpensive.  In NYC, this type of option simply doesn't exist and the Manhattan dealer service sucks.

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I had the exact same thing happen to me about a month ago on my 2004 996.  I had to get it towed to my mechanic.  It ended up being the cable breaking at the gearbox.  Wasn't an expensive repair...well...as defined by owning a 911!

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