Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Brisbane Australia
Ok, If the pump is working get your partner to try the following
1/ Turn the key to MAR (its the key position just before start and all the dash lights come on) put foot on the brake and see if he can get the gearbox to shift into neutral. If it does see then if it will go through all the gears. If it doesn't do any of these, while he has foot on brake, make sure the brake lights come on.
If the pump is whirring and the Selespeed fluid tank is at the correct level with the key turned to MAR, with your foot on the brake you should have enough pressure to select gears and put it into Neutral. The reason I ask about the brake lights is that there is a switch on the Brake pedal. The computer must see that you have your foot on the brake to start the car and to put it into gear, if the switch is faulty the car won't start, if the brake lights don't come on with the key turned to MAR and foot on the pedal it is definitely faulty. Problem is if the brake lights do come one, the switch could still be faulty, but lets try what I have written above first and go from there.
May I suggest we carry out all further correspondence on your "Car got stuck in gear" posting from now on to avoid confusion.
Patty - 2004 Alfa 156 2.0JTS Sportwagon
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