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Re: 94 honda accord hard to shift from park
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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It could be that the brake switch is bad! If you would, look down at the shifter, there is a emergency shift lock release, take your key and insert it in there and push down should release your shifter! please use this method instead of leaving it in neutral! that is very dangerous
A common problem with these cars is the shift cable, they do over time stretch and it is obviously a main place to start, before you go out and buy a cable you may want to pull yup that shifter one more time and unclip the cable from it, after doing so spray a lot of WD 40 into the shift cable housing as they tend to run dry and bind over time as well as get old and just wear out, by dooing this you may notice a need to not replace the cable as the lube of it seems to work and is quite a cheap fix, along with this being said please take a visual of the side cover to the transmission where this cable and linkage bond together to complete the shifter process...do you see anything obvious, like a loose connection /clip broken, etc...try removing the cable from the transmission and see if it acts the same, if so it is in the cable or shifter mechanismn, if not it may be inside the transmissions "parking pall" device...something an experienced transmission repairmen should look at.
Also take a look at the brake switch mounted above the brake padal, that releases the cable from park only with your foot on the brake... if this switch isn't working properly it will cause havoc on the release of the shift from park, get a test light with the key on be certain the switch is sending out power to the release switch by simply hand pushing the brake pedal on and off and watching the power should respond at the same time as you are pushing the switch(brake pedal) on/off, if not replace it.
If you press the Break pedal and the shift button does not engage, Your Solenoid did not activate to release it out of park. either the: solenoid is out - Bent levers - Solenoid harness disconnected - Break activation wire may be damaged. this piece is easy to replace as it sits on the right side (passanger side) of the shift lever. remove center console cover to access the soleniod which is held on by two 10mm nuts. and a C- clamp
i had the same problem there is a shift link cable that runs to the trans i think...the cable has a kink in it or somthing you need to go and buy a new cable for about $100 it will run alot smoother ..
This is a problem that occurs in many Honda's. Inside the shifter is a cable that is connected to the button to release the shift lock so you can shift into a gear. This cable become frayed and can eventually brake, which makes it hard to shift. The only solution is to replace the shifter either with a new OEM from Honda (very expensive) or get a good used one from your local recycle yard.
My 91 accord had the same problem. There is an electric lock out solenoid under the shift console cover. Remove a couple screws on shifter cover and you will see it. I just bent the tab that contacts the shifter instead of replacing it. Done deal.