I have read a bit on this issue on other sites and would like additional information. I understand that this could be result of a spilled cup of coffee..but how do I remove the covering on the gear shift to clean out any residual moisture that might be present? I really don't want to take it to the dealership if I can do it myself. Thanks!
Gear Shift stuck in Park on 2005 Volvo S60
If the problem is from spilled coffee, then any damage done will unlikely be fixed by wiping up any residual fluid. You will need some ability to diagnose what the problem is, first by checking for fault codes, then by diagnosing the electronic circuit. You should have a repair manual (I suggest going to AllDataDIY.com) a voltmeter and the basic hand tools needed for the job. This is not really an entry level repair for the inexperienced person, you may want to find a good independent Volvo shop, or take it to the dealer. Good Luck!
Bret, thanks for the info. I wiped up everything I could see, though heard that fluid could have passed through the gear shift which is causing it to shift. I was trying to save some money, but see that if I can't get it out of park, I really don't have any options. Thanks again for your reply.
I had this trouble as well. There was a pin within the shifter that kept slipping out of alignment resulting in the proper mechanism not engaging. You can lift up the front "button" to realign the pin for a temporary fix. I found this ended up being a nuisance and ended up replacing the shifter ($125 tax and labor) . Unfortunately you cannot replace a single piece.