Button on gear shift won't engage into park on 2000 Volvo S40

The button on my gear shift started sticking...when this happens, it won't engage into park, so I cannot remove my keys. Luv my car. It only has 100,453 miles. What's going on? How much to repair?

by in Johnstown, PA on February 21, 2009
3 answers 2 comments
ANSWER by on February 21, 2009
Look at the button and see if the plastic covering is coming apart. If it is, this is what is causing it to stick, and the gearshift know will need to be replaced.
COMMENT by on February 21, 2009
Thanks, Bret! Just inspected the knob and the plastic appears to be intact. However, there was a "sticky" substance on the button, so I cleaned it with Armor All.
COMMENT by on February 24, 2009
Hopefully that helps, just be careful with the Armor All, that could be making it sticky! Feel free to come back with questions, I worked for Volvo for a long time and like helping you Volvo drivers out there!
ANSWER by on August 06, 2010
mine sticks to from time to time. I spray a little graphite on the button and it frees it up.
ANSWER by on December 09, 2010
Had the same problem on mine, so I had a mechanic friend take apart the gearbox and clean it....works like a charm now. Problem was just sticky stuff like mentioned here so you should be able to clean it yourself.