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Hi Guys

Apologise for such a long post but I really need your help! My wife has several hospital appointments due to some pregnancy complications and I need to sort out the car ASAP.

I own 300c 3.0 CRD 2006 LX.

Current state:
  • Car dashboard says “service park assist”
  • Transmission shifter stuck in ‘park’ however I can move to ‘D’ when pushing the secret pink button on the side. There is a speed limit with only 1st gear working.

One day I went to the local gas station. After top-up, and 5min of calm driving suddenly most of the dashboard lights turned on like a christmas tree + service park assist + the charging voltage was around 17Volts. So I pulled to the side immediately and called for recovery to the local garage.

Symptoms then:
When pushing the gas pedal the voltage was going up above 17-18V until the whole dashboard backlight went off. The backlight was coming back on when releasing the gas pedal while the voltage remained around 16-17V.

Repairs done to date:
At the garage, the mechanic disconnected the battery while the car was running and the tested voltage on clamps - was 20.2 Volts. There were signs of oil on the alternator so he replaced it and charged £580. When I came to collect the car thinking all is sorted I couldn’t drive off because the shifter was stuck in park - this issue wasn’t there when I left the car at the garage before! When I was leaving the car, the gearbox was working except the excessive voltage in the system. When I raised the issue with the mechanic upon collection, he started being rude and aggressive saying it is not his fault, he just changed the alternator and that’s it. After a quick research, he said it might be the solenoid, but he cannot get the part so I need to take the car, because it is not safe at his place. He can replace the solenoid for free once I’ve got the part.

I took the car home, checked visually all the fuses in the front and back and found only 1 burnt, but the car shifter is still blocked.

I’m not planning to go back to that mug head mechanic anymore due to the way he treated me therefore can someone please direct me?

after watching this video:
it seems it is not the 'pink thingy' issue, but rather shifter solenoid - am I correct? When I’m pushing the brake pedal I cannot hear any ‘clicking’ noise. Where can I find that solenoid? What is part No.?

What else I could sort out myself? When looking at the active error codes… Is my car totally messed up now?

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