Question about 1999 Subaru Legacy
There are two switches that have to be activated before the park lock is released. The first is on the brake pedal, the second is the thumb button on the shifter. Most often the brake pedal switch is the problem, it can be pushed back and forth in its mount, sometimes it gets pushed to far and no longer switches when the pedal is depressed. You can also use the emergency release and shift out of park anytime. There is a plastic "ring" around the base of the shifter, in most cars it is black, in cars with wood grain trim pieces it is wood grain. The best way to get it out is to unscrew the center console and push it up from the back, you can pry it up buy you may break the tabs that hold it in. When this piece is out, look down at the front of the shifter base, there is a hole a pen will fit down into. If you push a pen, pencil, or any small round straight object down into that hole, it will mechanically release the shifter lock and allow you to get out of park. My daughter drove her 96 Legacy that way for months until I got around to fixing the brake switch.
Posted on Jan 19, 2009
Do you here a clicking sound from the shifter when you push the brake pedal. if not check the switch on the brake pedal. good luck
Posted on Nov 24, 2008
I had this problem and a couple of days my gearbox blew and i was stuck on a hill so i reccomend that you get it check cos yeah i ignored the problem and now my poor car stuck in the driveway waiting for a new gear box
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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