Accidentally turned off engine with car in drive


First time car owner and I feel like a complete potato after turning off my engine with the car still in drive. I parked my car and then turned off the engine and tried to pull out my key. It wouldn’t let me pull out my key so I thought that the key was stuck and spent 4 minutes trying to figure out the problem before realizing the car was still in drive. The car was motionless the entire time and I turned the key back and forth a ton.
My car is a 2016 Honda Civic and I am wondering if there is any significant damage in the short/long term I should worry about? Not worried about major damage but I’m wondering if it’s worth bringing up next time I get an oil change/inspection.


That doesn’t hurt anything itself. But the vigorous turning on the key might have damaged the ignition switch mechanism or the key itself. If there are no symptoms you could just ignore it, but if having a car that starts and runs reliably every time you turn the key to start it, probably makes sense to take it in for a pro-active inspection.


You will be fine, no worries. Thank you for asking, and motor on! Just curious where you are from as complete potatoe is new to me, and I love linguistics, or potato my bad.


You should have plenty of warranty time so need to mention it unless there is a problem. You should have a routine when you park-put car in park-set parking brake-turn off car.


Not a problem at all but don’t say a thing about it to the dealer lest you become a target for unnecessary work.


I do it all the time with my wife’s automatic transmission car. I forget to put it in “park” before shutting off the engine. It’s a habit learned from driving manual transmissions where you want to park it in first gear. It does absolutely no harm to the engine or transmission.
The reason all those interlocks are there is so you can’t crank the engine with the transmission in drive and have the car surge forward as soon as the engine starts.


Don’t feel bad. I’m sure most of us have done this at one time or another when distracted by something unusual while parking. I know I have.


I switch off the engine, set the parking brake, and then I can’t remove the key and then do a facepalm because I forgot to put it in park.


Yeah I have to admit I’ve done it a few times and then have to search for the unlock button to get out. When I put it in park the doors unlock, but if I shut it off first and then put it in park, the doors don’t unlock. So then it is trying to find the never used unlock button symbols (not words) to unlock the door or turn the key to on again and repeat putting it in park just to unlock the doors. Worse if its dark out and can’t see the buttons. Things used to be simpler.