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1998 Saturn SL2 shift release will not engage. I squeeze it for minutes at a time before it "clicks" and allows me to shift out of park. Other times works fine.

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Make sure you press the brake firmly first before touching the shifter then it should release every time..if you press the shifter before pressing the brake pedal or at the same time it may sometimes not engage kind of like trying to unlock a door when someone is pulling on the handle same concept...thanks

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