Once car is started and my foot is on the brake, I cannot immediately push in the release mechanism to put it in drive. It usually takes anywhere from 10 to 60 seconds for this to allow me to push in the gearshifter and move it away from park. I've tried pumping the brake, re-releasing the emergency brake and jiggling the handle. Nothing seems to help. Someone said it may be a problem with the interlock mechanism? But I'm unfamilar with that and am not sure how to go about checking to see if that's what it is.
Remove the center console covering the shifter and you will see the solenoid sometimes they get dirty and wont release otherwise check for power and ground with the brake applied if you have both replace the solenoid
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sounds like the shifter interlock solenoid is not working..when you put your foot on the brake,there should be a click. there is a tab in the shifter assembly that can be pried out.it is a shift lock override. you can put the key down inside and get it out of park.that is there so in the case of a dead battery,the car can be put in neutral.
There are multiple things that must all happen in order for the shifter to move from park.
1. Make sure the key ignition switch is in the "Run" position (the position just before the "start" position).
2. Brake pedal is depressed (usually pushed in a couple of inches or more at least to release the button on the shifter).
3. Push in the button on the shifter and pull back (you may need to push the shifter slightly forward or back a little for the button to move freely).
If the button on the shifter still doesn't push in freely, there is a problem with the mechanical lock-out linkage or electronic switch that releases the button lock. Check under the dash area along the brake pedal arm for anything that doesn't look correct.
4. If the car is on an incline/slope/hill, it will put a lot of pressure on the parking pin in the transmission. Usually a strong tug or pull on the shifter will pull it out while you're pushing on the brake pedal to prevent rolling when it releases. Make sure to set the parking/emergency brake first to prevent this next time .
You can try avoiding to place the car in PARK,when you stop the car just leave it in neutral and secure it with the handbrake.Inside the car under the gear stick should be a switch which suppose to keep the gearbox in park .When you push the break pedal it turns that switch on so you can place the car in to gear.Removing this switch can fix your problem ,but it is unsafe.The replacement of this part cant be too expensive.
I think your brake shift interlock solenoid is not releasing the Park position when you apply the brake.
Check for a blown fuse first. see owner manual for location of fuse.
Also, check owner manual for how to manually bypass the interlock.
When you step on the brake pedal, it activates a solenoid that unlocks the shift linkage cable so it will move. It is a safety feature to ensure you have you foot on the brake and not the gas, as you shift out of park.
try placing car in nuetral and then try starting or push shifter forward while starting! this is a common problem for nissan also make sure your foot is on the brake when starting. for someof them this is a safety feature