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2002 Grand Prix will not shift out of park.

I push on brake pedal, try to push button in on front of shifter. Button will not push in it just makes a clicking sound. Car will not shift into park,

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  • dan_brenny Dec 21, 2008

    sorry the car will not shift from park to drive

  • mattgranzow Jan 08, 2009

    i think I may have the same issue, but my brake lights are working. Should I replace the switch or keep looking?



  • O Mclean May 11, 2010

    shift into park or out of park?

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Check all fuses and make sur eyou don't have a blown fuse, first if they are all good then there is a switch on the top of the brake paedal that releases the lock on the shift (Its a safety so that if a kid is in the car with out pressing on brake they could engage the shift to drive) THat switch may be bad. Godd Luck

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