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Car will not come out of park even when break is fully engaged.am unable to shift at all?

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A comon problem with cars is the nuteral safty switch(or mlp selector switch) it is located near the shift linkage on the transmission

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Check to see if you have brake lights???????? the brake light switch allways go bad on volkswagens.......... this controls the shift lock on the shifter

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Parking brake stuck


First off, I'd make sure the car was in park with the engine off and try that but I assume you already tried with it both OFF and ON. On should never work unless your foot is already fully engaged on the break. as many cars will not allow you to release the parking break unless you foot is on the break, some will not even allow it when the engine is not running, even in park. If you are running and the foot is on the break. Try SLOWLY moving backwards or forwards to disengage it since you may have pulled it a bit too far and the cable was real tight, this is easier to do when that parking break is too loose to begin with, and once the car rolled it got even tighter but moving the vehicle in the opposite direction that it rolled may loosen it enough.

If all else fails, you or a mechanic may go under the vehicle and simply loosen the cable to disengage it and then re-tighten it. Even if you are able to loosen them yourself you may want a mechanic to tightening the parking brake since is common chore for mechanics and it should not cost that much to do since it literally take only a few minutes once on the lift.

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Car wont start and rolls backwards even though it apears to be in park


Sounds like the shifter is stuck in reverse or drive since it will roll.
I would set the parking brake and have someone watch the shift lever on the transmission to see if it and the shifter inside is still connected.

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The park pawl is a piece of metal that mechanically stops the transmission from turning when engaged. It is relatively small in size and sometimes will break off inside the transmission. The shift linkage could have loosened up and not fully engage the park pawl too.Hope it's the latter.

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The ignition switch does not turn completly off therefore leaving the car battery to die.


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There is a little button in front of the shifter. I pushed on this while moving the shifter back and forth. It immediately went down and I was able to put he car in park and then pulled out the key.

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Car will start but gear shift is locked


follow instructions in manual for SHIFTLOCK RELEASE

Turn off car.
Engage Parking Break
Take ignition key and put into shift lock release slot (near gear shift)
Push down on key and at same time MOVE gear shift to neutral.
Remove key, start car as normal and disengage parking break...

good to go.... mechanic can replace/repair if this is an ongoing issue: $85 I read somewhere...but heard it's not hard to do yourself for $35 someone else wrote.

Goodluck

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that means the pin that the knob presses down is stuck on something. if you take the shifting panel off it showes everything. then there will be a plastic guide. see what the pin is sticking on and there you are.

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Unsafe rolling with parking break engaged!


ford had a recall on the atoumatic transmission shift cabel retention.if the transmission shift cabel assembeled to the steering column bracket is not fully seated,the tranmission shift cabel may slip out of the bracket.should the shift cabel become detached,the driver may not be abel to shift transmission gears or correctly determine the transmission gear position using your gear selector indicator.this condition could lead to unintended vehicle movement in direction other than indicated on your gear selector indicator.in addition,this condition could prevent the vihicle from being restarted. samboiv

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have you checked the clutch mechanism? for me sounds like the clutch doesn't engage properly or fully rather. Ask your mechanic to check the clutch system fully and check whether it fully engages, or do this check for yourself. Bring car onto a flat surface and shift to 1st while engine being switched off, start it while pressing the clutch (fully down to the floor board) and then release parking break and check for following
whether vehicle is moving
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does engine get loaded and start vibrate or rattle a bit

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