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So you can't shift out of park?

One of the more common problems I see in the cars category is that people simply can not shift out of park. Sometimes this can be a serious problem with the transmission, but many many times it is a very simple fix. There is a sensor on your brake pedal that tells the car when you press it as well as turning on your brake lights. If your car is running, you must apply the brake to shift out of park. So, if you can not shift out of park, get someone to see if your brake lights are working, if they are not, then that little sensor is most likely your problem. And if you must drive to get the part or you simply must drive, all you have to do is turn the ignition switch to "on", without cranking the car" and you will be able to shift out of park (if the brake sensor is the problem). Keep in mind that you'll have to do this every time until you replace the sensor. For many vehicles the brake sensor is easy enough to change that you will be able to do it, if you, a decent mechanic should do it for under twenty dollars.

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My 2003 Buick Regal wouldn't start on a very cold day. I came back the next day and decided to shift it out of park and back into park and it started right up. What could cause that to happen? 3800 engine


When you said "it wouldn't start" did it turn over (starter cranking the engine) or did it act like the battery was dead and wouldn't crank, even though all the dash lights lit up?

If it simply didn't crank over but then by you shifting it out of park, then back into park, may indicate a park/neutral switch problem.

It may have been something as simple as the shifter, when the vehicle was last parked, didn't fully engage the park/neutral switch into the park position. BUT by you moving the shifter out and back into park it engaged the switch.

Cold weather can do some strange things sometimes when it comes to mechanical devices. IF it acts up again, simply try the "trick" that worked the last time.

It may just be temperature related and may not give any more problems once the weather warms up.

Hope this helps.

Feb 23, 2015 | 2003 Buick Regal

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2005 yukon will no go in to park


Put foot on brake push shifter all way up. Lol. Seriously of it doesnt go into park your transmission is messed up. Teeth likely broke inside blocking the shift ability. Not common at all. If someone slammed it into park while driving could cause this.

Jul 20, 2014 | 2005 GMC Yukon

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More likely the shift cable is binding. Also make sure you fully apply the emergency brake when you park before shifting into Park. This will prevent loading the linkage by the parking pawl making it difficult to move the lever. Especially when parking on a hill.

Also make sure you are pressing the brake pedal when shifting our of Park. Sometimes the brake light switch can be intermittent and either the switch is bad or the switch is out of alignment with the brake pedal lever. This not the most common cause.

Jul 14, 2014 | 1997 GMC Sierra

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vechile will not shift into park or reverse


The first thing to check is the linkage. Sometimes the linkage will slip, Block the wheels on the car (both front and rear) to prevent rolling. Locate the shift linkage on your transmission, and loosen the nut. You should be able to move the shift lever through all the gears, including "P" and "R". Place the transmission shift lever in "Park" (on the transmission) then move the shift lever (inside the car) in the "P" position and tighten the nut (not a bad idea to use a new locking nut here) You should now be able to shift through all gears. If this does not work, you have a more serious problem that may include a worn or broken belt or broken parking pawl inside the transmission.

Apr 05, 2010 | 1994 Cadillac DeVille

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when i start my car and press the brake to shift out of park it sticks and wont move. i have and automatic 1998 cadilac catera


HI, there is a solenoid(switch) that's located in shift linkage housing that works in conjunctions with the brake pedal when you shift from park to reverse or drive. this is a safety situation.

Sometimes, this solenoid(switch) can malfunction or die. In this case, it will prevent the gear shift lever from moving into the reverse or parked position. Simply replacing this shift lever solenoid will fix this issue. You can expose the solenoid by disassembling the shift stick housing,

Please rate and have a great day:)

May 10, 2009 | 1998 Cadillac Catera

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