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Chevy Traverse won’t shift to park

You might be concerned when you Chevy Traverse indicates that it cannot shift to park.  Generally this manifests as the car actually shifting to park but the computer not realizing that it has.  However, the car won’t fully power down without the computer recognizing also the shift to park.

The issue occurs due to a connection not being made in the gear shift.  One common temporary workaround is to continually click and release the gear shift button.  Once the connection is made on one of those taps the error warning will go away (which is how you’ll know it worked).

Unfortunately the actual fix is a replacement of the switch that resides below the gear shift which will run you $400 after parts and labor.

This generally affects the post 2018 Traverse models.

What type of battery does my Chevy Traverse key fob use?

The type of battery used in a Chevy Travere key fob is a CR2032.

The battery is 3 volt battery. The key fobs in the many Chevy models will run out of power after 1-2 years of use. When a key fob runs out of battery you can press a button on the side of the key fob to release a physical key (you’ll have to pull out). The door handle usually has a concealed lock that you can use to enter the car in case your battery dies. Each model car generally has a spot in the car where you can place the key fob on to allow it to start if the battery is dead. In a Traverse this is either in the cupholder or in the space in front of the cupholder that’s open and used for storage.