2006 LJ 36,000 miles, Automatic Transmission.
Today I went driving into town. Everything was fine. When I got to my destination, I pulled into a parking spot and went to shift into Park. The shift lever just flew up - no resistance. The Jeep was stuck in drive. I had pulled forward into the spot with no room to maneuver, so there it sits. I turned it of and, as suspected, was unable to start it again because it is still in drive.
I have searched and read for the past half an hour and I am looking for some help.
Seems like a relatively common problem is for the clip that holds the shifter cable to the shift arm to come loose, or come off, etc. Does this sound like what may have happened to my Jeep? Does anyone have pictures of what I should be looking for - my mechanical knowledge is growing as I own this vehicle but not fully developed. Might I be able to fix this myself in a parking lot or does it need to go to a mechanic? Will it be a cheap enough fix at a dealer, or should I buy the part(s) at the dealer and have a mechanic do the fix?
Thanks in advance for any help. I had my wife pick me up and I left the car in town and am planning on dealing with it in the early am.
Regards and thanks.