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Hello, I have an automatic 2006 Acura TL. One day I turn on my car and tried to shift into reverse, but the shifter was stuck. After some googling, I learn I could override and have been doing that so I can drive it when I absolutely need to. I've tried to avoid driving it as much as I can. Anyway, so when I drive it, it feels funny when it shifts for the first time, but only from 1st to 2nd gear(I assume). Due to that, I try to accelerate very slowly as I want to minimize any kind of damage as much as I can.

A couple of observations:

-The Orange Triangle light with the exclamation mark comes on once I start going.
- The VSA light comes on also at the same time.
- The 1st to 2nd gear shift feels funny
- I checked transmission fluid. It is brown but no particles.

Past/ongoing problems with the car:

- For the longest time it won't always start up on first key turn (maybe starter bad?)
- About 7 months ago my alternator died. Mechanic said that my starter could be be putting a lot of stress on my alternator. Due to lack of funds, I didn't replace starter.
- A couple weeks after this gear shifter / transmission issue started, my battery died. I couldn't charge it so I just got a new one. Has been fine since that.

My main issue is the gear shifter / transmission though. Does the car lock the gear shifter if it senses something wrong with the transmission or is it something more indirectly related? Obviously I need new transmission fluid, so could the car be responding to that old transmission fluid? Excuse my ignorance but I just don't know enough about vehicles in general. If anyone has any insight or has had similar problems it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
 

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When depressing the brake pedal from Park, you should hear the solenoid inside the shifter assembly click to release the pawl that keeps the lever in Park. If not, you might have a defective brake light switch. It's not uncommon, and the brake lights may even light.

The VSA light brings another factor into play however, and that coupled with the shift out of Park issue may point to a defective transmission range switch.

In any event, this isn't really something you want to throw parts at to fix....guesses are usually more costly than a profesisonal diagnosis and repair. Might want to get it looked at by an Acura dealership.....even if you don't have it fixed there, the diagnostic charge to nail down the issue is a lot less expensive than buying parts you may not need.
 
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