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Sometimes I can't get the trnsmission out of park. The button to select will not engage

I put my foot on brake, but can't move the shift out of park. The button on the shift will not go in.

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I found that if you take a pencil and poke down in the Shift Lock Override hole located on the shifter console, you should feel slight spring pressure, gently push down until it bottoms out, while holding it down shift the shifter out of park. This is not the fix,but it could allow you to use your car until it can be properly repaired.The actual problem is the shifter lock mechanism is not working properly.

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SOURCE: PARKING BRAKE LEVER- NO TENSION / DISC BRAKE ADJUSTMENT-OFF

If you remove the cover of the E-brake there should be a tention ajustment that you can do yourself.

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