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Can't get the car out of park. have pressed on the brake but still stuck in park

Kia spectra stuck in park.

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  • grizzf33 Oct 14, 2008

    It just started a month or so ago and is very sporatic. I push the break pedal and can push the release button in, but it still can't shift out of park and sometimes I can't shift into park.

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I have a 2003 Kia and mine did this same thing. They replaced some switch in the brake and gear shifter. It hasn't had a problem since.

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