Problems with the Chrysler 300 Shifter and How to Deal with Them
Being a luxury full-sized sedan, Chrysler 300 shifter is made of high-grade materials and doesn't normally break down. Designing and manufacturing the shifter was meticulous, because they perform the integral role of controlling how the vehicle moved and stopped. In the past few years though, there had been issues shifters in the luxury car gear shifter that resulted to Chrysler issuing a recall on some of its models. Here are some of its issues and what you can do about them.
Stuck in park
Imagine yourself walking to the parking lot after a long day at work. You just want to hop in the car and start your long drive back home. But then, you discover that the shifter, in your beautiful Chrysler 300, is stuck on park. This is frustrating but, if you think about it, it's better this way than have the gear shift stuck while you're on the road. This scenario was more common than Chrysler ever expected so they declared a recall. On the recall notice, they announced that a broken spring retainer hook was the underlying cause. Owners were advised to head to the dealer and get the work done there, but if you prefer a cheaper alternative, then you can just buy a replacement spring retainer hook and installing it yourself.
Uncomfortable gear shifting
This is worse than trying to get the gear out of park. Not only is it annoying to encounter difficulties in changing gears while on the road, it also extremely dangerous. Imagine yourself on the freeway, and then suddenly having the gears go into neutral without you initiating it. You can also find yourself having a hard time shifting beyond second gear. This issue is addressed, by replacing the same spring retainer hook or a plastic clip inside the shifter.
This issue is not necessarily technical but it is quite common. With gear shift right next to the cup holder, spills are inevitable. And no - warranty does not cover things like these. The problem with beverage spilling on the gear shifter is that the liquid can easily reach and coat the electrical and mechanical wirings. This will result in the shift solenoid jamming. If left unattended during the winter, the liquid coated wires and parts will freeze, making it even harder to shift gears. Luckily, you can easily prevent such inconvenience from happening, by washing the entire shifting assembly. This means you have to take apart the shifting assembly, and wash them with mild soap and water. You can even use interior detailing cleaners, just don't soak them. And make sure you dry them completely before putting them back in the car.