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Vehicle is locked in park

I can't get the button on the shifter(consule) to release. Vehicle is in park and won't release. It is a 4WD. Checked all the fuses. Have brake lites. Just won't release out of park.

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  • Jason Morris May 11, 2010

    Is the vehicle running when you try to it out of park? 
    Make sure your foot is firmly on the brake pedel.
    Is the car parked against a curb.?
    Make sure doors are closed well. 

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You have to get to the bottom of the shifter, remove floor console...on the passanger side of the shifter at the bottom there is a white plastic piece move it towards the shifter, foot on brake try to move the shifter... if it works you need to change the switch....

Posted on Apr 08, 2009

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Hello
I have a chevy that has the same problem, under to dash haft way down the steering shaft you will see a little round electric unit this gets stuck on unplug it or just give it a tap.

if you put you key into the first click push the brake it should release the shifter
Regards Paul
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If you still have problems please contact me

Posted on Jan 13, 2009

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