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Your Jeep, Ram, Dodge, or Chrysler Won't Move When Shifted To Park or Drive - The Easy Fix

Auto Park is engaged. You need to shut it off. Here's how.

If you have a Jeep, Dodge, Chrysler, or Ram vehicle that will not allow you to shift into Drive or Reverse and get moving, you likely have Auto Park engaged. Auto Park is one of many modern safety features that help to keep you and your passengers safe.

Auto Park helps to ensure that you don't accidentally exit your vehicle while it is unsafe to do so. Also, it helps to protect you from moving in the vehicle when a door is ajar.

If a door is ajar, you will see an icon someplace in the driver's information display. In our Jeep Wrangler example, the door ajar icon appears in the top left of the image above. If you were to try to drive off with the door ajar, the Auto Park system will stop the vehicle from moving forward.

Auto Park has some other functions as well. In some circumstances, it may also be disabled and a warning image will appear. The video below can help you understand its full functionality.

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Joe (not verified)    December 15, 2022 - 3:51PM

Hmm, this article doesn’t actually tell you how to disable the autopark feature in my jeep. I did figure it out on my own tho: start vehicle and put into neutral, then open the door to activate autopark. Then close door, apply break, put vehicle into park and then back into drive - displays a message saying autopark is off. I about freaked out when I took the vehicle thru the car wash with the car in neutral, which engages autopark. With another vehicle right behind me being pushed thru the wash, the jeep says I have to park it? Yikes.

Amie (not verified)    September 28, 2023 - 2:17PM

In reply to by Joe (not verified)

Thank you for your comment here because this article did NOTHING to help me figure out how get it out of autopark lol.. I was in the car wash trying to go back into drive and it would not engage I was in a panic and this article did not help so thankfully your comment helped me figure out to open the door and then put it in park and open and close the door again and then it started and went into drive. Thankfully I didn't have any vehicles behind me at the time so I didn't have to be in a panicked hurry. But opening the door anytime it is not fully in park actives the autopark and then the only way to disengage it is to do it all again and then put it into park and turn it off and open. The door then wait and start it again and then it did finally shift into drive..this article itself though did not help at all, it was your comment that helped me figure it out. So THANK YOU