Is there something about a gear shift cover (specifically, this one: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B00CFNMBDY) which would cause some kind of solenoid in a 2013 Chevy Impala to burn out which would make it so that after driving I could not turn the ignition all the way to off, and therefore not remove the key?
The gear cover is comfortable in my old car. But shortly after installing it, I could no longer get my key out. After $400 repair, mechanic said a solenoid had burned out. But after replacing the part, I still had problems, and returned to the mechanic. This time the mechanic said to take that gear cover off because it was causing the solenoid to burn out because the cover prevented me from moving the shifter all the way forward into park. But that’s not true. On the other hand, I’m nearly positive the shifter cover is the culprit. What could it be?
If I take it off, the problem doesn’t recur. I think the problem is that it’s burning out – that is, destroying – a solenoid. That is, if I put the cover on and leave it on for a couple of days, it burns out the solenoid. Then, taking the cover off won’t fix the problem because the solenoid is still burned out.
However, with the cover on, and a new solenoid installed, the problem recurred. Then, with another new solenoid (assuming the mechanic is being honest, which I think he is) and the cover off, the problem does not recur.
Is it possible, for instance, that the cover is keeping the button on the shifter depressed (or half depressed) which is wearing down the solenoid which keeps the key locked when the car is out of park? Then, when the solenoid burns out, I shift to park and it doesn’t release the key? Something like that.
Right, pretty clear. My real goal is to find out exactly what’s happening. First, just out of curiousity. But also so I can adjust it or use a different cover. The shifter is cold in the winter and I drive many miles nowadays and it sometimes irritates my soft white-collar skin (yeah, I’m a crybaby, so what? ).
if pushing the button on the shifter in activates the solenoid that is burning out, and your cover doesn’t let the button return all the way to it’s natural unpressed state (even if this doesn’t happen every single time,) then yes- this cover could burn up said solenoid.
However, this ongoing melodrama makes me wonder if the OP is one of those people who rests his hand (contrary to all logic…) on the shift lever while driving. If the OP’s concern is the cold temperature of the shift lever when he starts the car, that would seem to be a “problem” of only a second or two… unless he is resting his hand on the shift lever while driving… and that leads to the inevitable question of… WHY?