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Step on brake pedal have some one tell you if brake lights are on .if not you probably have a bad brake light switch or a blown fuse once repaired it will let you put the shifter in gear. if this was helpful please leave good feed back
There is a small solenoid under the shifter cover that holds the shifter in park until you step on the brake that's not working all the time. It could be the brake light switch on the brake pedal is bad. Check to see if your brake lights are working correctly when you step on the brakes. If they are working right then that's not the problem and you will have to take the cover off the shifter and check to see if the solenoid is working when you step on the brake. I have seen bad or corroded connections at the plug due to liquids being spilled on the shifter. Sometimes the mechanical linkage is bent up from something getting in there through the slot that the shifter moves in. There is a little hole in the shifter cover that says manual release or some such thing. Usually it has a little plug that you have to pry off to remove with a small screwdriver. Then you put the little screwdriver in the hole and push down. That will release the lock so you can shift it. (It's used to shift the car when the battery is dead or missing)
if the shifter is moving then it is probably your trans. but if the shifter is not moving from the park possition (if it is an automatic) check to see if brake lights are coming on if not check fuse for brake lights,it also controls your shift lock.try turning key to possition before lights come on dash board and moving shifter into nuetral pos. then start car and put into gear give that a try, if it does the shift lock isn`t working.
1st, have someone step on brake pedal while you check to see if your brake lights are working, if yes proceed to step 2, if not check your brake light fuse(Left side of dash fuse#20- 10amp)IF fuse is good replace brake light switch on brake pedal. 2nd Step (brake lights ok) Turn key on engine off, press and release brake pedal several times slowly, listen for a click and and pulse on shifter handle. IF yes you have a shifter malfunction replace shifter assembly. IF no, inspect shift interlock solenoid and or relace solenoid and cable. You should see a small access cover about the size of a peanut around base faceplate of shifter assembly use small screwdriver and remove cover, use screw driver to press button underneath plate and release shifter into reverse and drive gears(this is manual overide) if you need to move vehicle in the meantime.
have you checked your brake lights? are they working? most cars have a safety feature that require a signal from brake lights (by stepping on brake pedal) to activate a relay to disengage the shifter interlock, OR can you move the gear selector into gear, and it just won't move? is it an automatic or stick shift ? If it's an automatic start the car, after it has ran for 5 - 10 minutes check the trans fluid dipstick, it should have fluid level between add / full marks , if not add or remove fluid as necessary. If is a manual trans, it is possible the clutch is bad. need more info on vehicle, how many miles? engine size?
The shift interlock isn't working properly.When you step on the brake,the brake switch that activates the rear brake lights,also activates a solenoid mounted on the shifter,which allows the shifter to be moved from Park.Usually,it is the solenoid on the shifter,but the brake switch and the wiring between the two have to be inspected also.Good luck.