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Automatic gearshift stuck in park

Looking for info on gear lever inhibitor switch, can only release from park by removing blanking bung from centre console pressing manual release.
is release linked to stop light switch,manual or electric,?
once released from park everything works fine untill put back in park position again.

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  • outbackautos Oct 15, 2008

    yeh,thanks dude, i did check the stop lights as soon as i arrived on breakdown, they did work ok but i still did'nt know the release switch was elctric then,(i specialise in *** mpv's which release by cable). your diagnosis was spot on, once i new the switch was electic i replaced the solenoid, problem sorted, many thanks.

  • dolly lamma Oct 29, 2008

    when this happened did it lock the steering coulum and ignition? thats my problem.

  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2014

    Just started not releasing when I put in gear...just hear a clicking sound by the peddle

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    Is this the inhibitor

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The release for the shifter is tied to the brake lites, check to see if the brake lights work, if they don't then test the brake light switch at the top of the brake pedal, if it lights a test lite when you press the brake it is ok, in that case you need to check the little solenoid that pulls the cable to unlock the shifter, it is bolted to the top of the steering column, in order to get at it you will have to unbolt the column and drop it dow.

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