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94 honda accord hard to shift from park

When in park the button on shifter is hard to push in to shift .I use the shift lock tab on the right side to shifter but is still harder than normal to put in gear!

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  • lawnman down Dec 31, 2008

    sometime the brake light works sometimes not ,does this tie in with needing brakes on the vehicles.Soda has not been spilled I took console apart and inspected. When the shift lock is depress it shifts normal most of time!

  • lawnman down Jan 01, 2009

    Thanks will install new pads all the way around vehicle tohelp solve issue !

  • lawnman down Jan 12, 2009

    Thanks guys the problem is fixed whew! It was a faulty brake light switch replaced it  ,everything works fine." Big ups" go to the fixya .com for a site like this that help guys like me to save on a big repair bill at a dealer!

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    vitaforall May 11, 2010

    installing new pads all the way around wont help the issue. do the brake lights work.

  • vitaforall
    vitaforall May 11, 2010

    when you step on the brake pedal and the brake lights on the rear of the car don't come on it wont release the shift interlock. and you probably don't have any brake lights when driving. it does tie in to the shifter.

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    vitaforall May 11, 2010

    there might be soda spilled in and on the shifter. also shift cables go bad. do the brake lights work when you try to shift from park? i have also replaced the brake light switch on many occasions.

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    Have a hard time putting the shifter back in park

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    04 pt cruiser auto. be hard to shift into gear.now wont stay in gear.got it home got it to stay in park.now wont start cant get it out of gear

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    04 pt cruiser has been hard to shift for 2 weeks. went to store and came out was hard to start and get in to gear. Got it home wouldnt stay in gear. Now it wont start or get outta park.

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You seem to have two (2) separate problems one may be a BAD brake light switch this switch is mounted at the top of BRAKE pedal and control the locking mechanism on gear shifter(safety component-for example if a kid is sitting in seat with vehicle running he/she will NOT be able to put vehicle in gear without stepping on brake). The other problem is a BAD shifter cable-this cable moves the selector in the transmission when you move shift knob. Good luck and thanks for using FIX YA

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