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Cant get shifter to get out of park

I have a 1998 bravada
I cannot get the truck out of park.
I try to push the button - but it wont work. If I play with it enough, shaking it around, or keep jamming it - eventually it might work. ( once it has moved past park - it drives perfect.

Does it sound like I need a new Shifter Assembly?
Someone said it could be a faulty solenoid inside the assembly - but you replace the whole thing.
I can get 1 from my local junkyard for 40 bucks.
Can this be done by an idiot like me?

thank you in advance.


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  • whitedog69 Jan 09, 2009

    The SUV starts and runs fine.

    The problem is with getting it into gear.

    The actually shifter doesnt want to engage.

    there have been times I have been able to get it to engage by either jiggling ( very hard ) the shifter. Sometimes banging it left and right while holding the button very hard.

    Once its engaged - it flows very smoothly from gear to gear. The ONLY problem is getting the button to engage all the way to get it out of park,

    Ive been told it works on an electric sensor - thats why I asked if it could be a solenoid problem

  • jason skovly May 11, 2010

    can you start it and if so can you remove the key all the way?



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Yes it has a electric sensor at the shifter and this part can be purchased from a local dealer. not hard to replace after the plastic is removed from around the shifter. the reason i asked if the key could be removed is that, it also has an electronic release as well and diff. part. hope the info will help you.

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