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2002 Pontiac aztec gear shift button wont depress.

I can't get my aztec gear shift button to depress in. Needless to say it is stuck in park. I have tried turning the key and starting the aztec and the button won't budge. The dealership said it is either a break switch or a control modual. THey said it may be the switch that tells the gear shift that you have your foot on the break so it will move out of park. Is this somthing we can replace ourselves??? I hate to have it towed in!! HELP! THanks Teresa

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  • craftynurse6 Jan 06, 2009

    Where is the switch located? Just need to know where to start looking. We are not very handy when it comes to car repairs, but need to save $$$ and try to do it ourselves. THANKS

  • Anonymous Feb 04, 2009

    My vehicle is running but I can't get it out of park. Foot on brake hear a clicking but no give in the gear shift

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There is a bypass for the safety switch, unfortunately you have to remove the shift cover, the whole plastic piece. there is a white "lever" that you can push that will move the pin out of the way so you can shift it, you have to hold the piece and move the shifter at the same time. it is on the right side of the shifter base (under the plastic piece) you will see what I mean when you remove the center piece.

Posted on Feb 07, 2009

  • Shayrivera21 Dec 25, 2010

    Oh my god I'm very thankful for this. My 2003 pontiak aztek did not want to move from parking I did jst what ur comment said.

  • molly_travis
    molly_travis Jul 05, 2012

    THIS WORKS!!! Its the small lever under the big one with teeth. You can find it easyer if u push the button while looking for it! Then turn car on push lever down while shifting. Leave it in neutral with the parking brake on so you dont have to keep doing it. MOLLY the MECHANIC!!!!

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OK just fix my 2002 aztec that was **** in park with a hair tie just take the shifter plate off by the one screw in the cup holder. You will see a circle with a pin under the shifter rap the hair tie around it to keep it out now you have park again.

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Your safety override brake switch is faulty. For a temp override, you can jumper the wires + to - but a new switch is in order.
It may be out of adjustment. Look for a switch on the floor, there may be a backet you can bend or some type of adjustment. Trip t by hand and see if you hear the realay pop in the shifter. If it does, it is simply out of adjustment. If there is no audible pop in the shifter, you'll need a new switch.

Posted on Jan 06, 2009

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    blueextc3221 Jan 06, 2009

    it is on the floorboard or up under the dash. Follow the brake arm up to where it connects to the firewall. You should be able to find it. It looks like a black (sometimes white) pushbutton switch on most models.

    http://www.autoshop101.com/forms/h18.pdf helpful schematics.

    Also... There should be a shift interlock bypass (check your manual for the location - often it's a little hole on the steering column). Try sticking a narrow screwdriver in the bypass hole and see if that will release the key.

    Some Aztec owners with stuck keys were told by Pontiac to shift in and out of Park several times to free the key. Poor battery connections or a weak battery have been an issue with Azteks.



    Check to see if the stop lights are working- shift interlock and stop lights are a common circuit. If not working check the fuse and operation of the stoplight switch.
    Try turning key to 1st position (unlock) without starting vehicle, shift to neutral to start vehicle and then shift to "Drive".

  • George Edmunds
    George Edmunds Aug 05, 2012

    These issues are revenue generators for the auto industry. Branded as a safety item to insure that you do not shift without stepping on the brake first or start the vehicle in gear, they what I call idiot safeties! These issues are an easy fix for the mechanically inclined but are knuckle whitners for vehicle owners without a clue or initiative (which is most of y'all).

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