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Shifting from park

My truck does not like to shift out of park. I can turn the wheel and some times that will help but other times I have to rock the truck. it seems to be intermitted. some times it works fine

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It sounds like the parking pawl rod is sticking usually the rod will mushroom at the end and will stick you will probably need to replace

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Check your brake light function. If that is at fault then your brake light switch may be faulty. If your brake lights are fine then you may have a faulty shift lock solenoid. Some Japanese models of that era have a button or key slot near to the shift lever. If you depress that then it should manually release the lock and allow you to move through the gears, until you move back to 'P' position at which point it will lock again.

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Mazda b400 stuck in park, we have brake lights on flat ground now and rocking truck,pressing on brake and turning wheels dont help

Okay, look under the dash. At the top of the brake pedal lever there should be a switch. This switch should Interlock with the starter and the gearshift. It can be knocked out of time or broken by feet hitting it. It is suppose to allow for a locking tab to retract so the gearshift moves.

Your shift mechanism may be jammed under the vehicle. If the wheels turn then the column should be unlocked. You will either need a helper to move the gearshift(while the engine is off,wheels blocked) and try to feel the shift mechanism to see if it wants to move at the transmission.
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On two occasions our '99 Volvo S80 locked in park. Gear shifting lever would not go into Drive. Both times it was parked on an incline. By pushing (rocking ) foreword several times the shifting le

Sounds like a part called a parking "Pawl" is hanging up. You could try to park the way they show you in driving school, with the rear of the tire against the curb when the car is facing uphill. Theory is that the tire will chock the vehicle against the curb as a bumper stop and prevent rolling backwards. This will minimize pressure on the inside of the transmission parking pawl.

You can go to and search for "Consumer complaints" or Recalls and enter your vehicle info. Then see if others are having problems like yours.

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Now, with that said, if you parked with wheels turned, try hard to turn steering wheel in same direction wheels are turning, just slightly, as you try to turn key. Sometimes a quick yank in that direction will do it. Also make sure shifter is all the way in park before you try it. If your on a slope try rocking vehicle slightly up slope as you push/pull shift lever in to park and try to turn key at same time. If no luck, try pushing brake pedal real hard and try to turn key. Let me know how it goes.

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