I have a 98' olds intrigue. It seems like there is an electrical problem with the shifter. I press the button but it only goes in part way. I thought it was just that it was hanging up but when I disassembled the everything around the shifter, I found that it is like it just doesn't want to release. When it does, it moves freely. I press the brake pedal but it wont shift from park. I have to fight it and eventually it releases and shifts. The problem does not feel mechanical. I heard that it might be a brake sensor. Any info would be helpful.
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I believe up shifter shaft that goes through the transmission case is seized you may have to remove the valve body to remove the shifter shaft to clean and lubricate but sometimes you can use lubricant on the outside and it may free up the shaft,you can unhook the shift cable to prove if it is just a worn cable or seized shaft
On my '96 Olds 98, brake transaxle shift interlock is simply a pain in the ***. Solution: always press foot brake AND parking brake hard and hold while shifting into park and shutting down engine. Try not to park "downhill." Read owners manual;"shifting out of park." This even calls for opening and shutting the door! If you can't start in park, try neutral. If all else fails, unhook red battery cable for a minute. Re-attach and restart car, which should re-set computer to recognize your key, which has a computer chip embedded in it. Worst option EVER invented!
Donot use strength for the shifter, make sure the brake light come on when brake padle is pressed down, if not then change the brake light switch. The shifter is powered through the brake light switch.
Check the brake pedal position sensor to see if it is lose or malfunctioning. Most late model cars will not allow you to move the gear shifter out of park unless the Brake Pedal is depressed and you are pushing a release button on the shifter. An emergency bypass on some cars will allow you to shift from park to Neutral with the CAR TURNED OFF and the key just turned to on. Try that also and if it allows you to move to Neutral you can start in neutral and then with brake held in you can shift back to Drive. If this doesn't work you may have an antitheft interlock preventing you from operating the shift lever or some linkage to release the shifter may have broken or come lose from a connector.