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Thumb switch on automatic transmission won't go in so I can shift

When the jeep is in park, I can't get the thumb switch to go in so I can shift. I hear the brake switch underneath the instrument panel click. I can get it to work if I turn the jeep off, put the key in accessory mode, and then try the switch. It usually works, then I put it in netural and start the jeep. Does the brake switch activate the thumb button for the tranny? Thanks

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You can temporarily switch the transmission using the switch lock release mechanism.
There is a small circular cover right next to the transmission handle that you can pry open using your key/flat screwdriver. Press the button inside the cover while applying the brake; you should be able to switch the transmission from park. Get the transmission switch fixed/cleaned asap.
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YES IT DOES. CHECK AND MAKE SHURE YOUR BRAKE LIGHTS ARE WORKING. IF THEY ARE NOT WORKING , THE SWITCH IS BAD

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