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In my 1992 Chev Cavalier, the gear shift knob will not lock in park. The button on the side seems to be broken. I can't even remove my keys from the ignition. The shifter moves freely, but will

When I put the shifter knob in park, the button on the side usually pops out and locks the shifter in place. This isn't happening now. The button is pushed in and will not pop out. I have to remove the key from the ignition with it in the on position, and unhook the positive wire from the battery to keep it from draining my battery. Does anyone know what the problem is with my shifter?

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SOURCE: I cant get the key

I cant get the key out or lock steering column and the automatic transmission shift lever locks up in park.
Now if I take the battery off every thing works fine.
This sure seems like a reset problem.I run the car by not having it in the locked column position and get the shifter to work by putting a key in the hole furnished
by chevy to bypass shift lock. thank you

Posted on Oct 08, 2008

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The shifter cable and linkage may be getting sticky. Locate the linkage and cable on the gear selector (transmission side under hood) and spray them with some PB Blaster or WD 40.

Posted on Dec 14, 2008

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SOURCE: My car won't go in gear

I got same problem when I first got the car (bought used), took me a day to find out one of the fuse blown caused the problem now I always have 10A fuse spare in my glove comparment, check all your fuses (I believe it's an Audio/Clock 10A fuse) will solve your, good luck ...

Posted on Feb 07, 2009

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SOURCE: My 2006 Chevy cobalt key will not turn completely

ur gear shift has a little plastic bar on gear shift and it has crack on the side u cant see have it changed out and both of ur problems will be solved at same time.

Posted on Jul 07, 2009

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SOURCE: key is stuck shiftr doesnt lock in to release it

Does your key turn all the way to where it should be when you usually take it out of the ignition? If not, then you have a bad nuetral saftey switch. If so try turn the wheel in either direction while attempting to pull out the key. I hope tis helped you out. It would be greatly appreciated if you could rate my answer, Thanks. MIKE-

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This Is Park Lock Cable Failure here is the Replacment Procedure

Park Lock Cable Replacement

Removal Procedure

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  1. Remove the console.
  2. Remove the knee bolster.
  3. Loosen the lower steering column bracket bolts.
  4. Lower the steering column.
  5. Place the transmission shift lever in the PARK position. Important: Do not proceed to the next step with the key in any position other than the RUN position.
  6. Turn the ignition key to the RUN position.
  7. Insert a screwdriver blade into the slot provided in the ignition switch inhibitor.
  8. Depress the cable latch. Pull the control cable from the inhibitor.
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  2. Unsnap the cable from the park/lock lever pin.
  3. Depress the two cable latches. Remove the control cable latches from the automatic transmission control.
  4. Remove the control cable clips.
Installation Procedure

Important: When installing a new park/lock cable, keep the shipping cover gauge attached until you are instructed to detach it. The shipping cover gauge will aid in the proper positioning of the cable.


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  4. Raise and connect the steering column.
  5. Tighten the lower steering column bracket bolts.
  6. Install the knee bolster.

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