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Cant shift out of park without having key in shift lock

When i first got the car it would shift in and out of park without a problem then i had a littel fender bender nothing serious broken head light but after that i cant shift out of park unless i put a key in the shift lock and turn it and then of course i cant take the key out of the shift lock (hahaha) so anyways i was wondring if anyone could tell me if there is a fuse somewhere to that or something under the brake that i could look at that might not be getting the signal to the shift lock anything would help thanks

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With the engine running, you should be able to feel and hear the shift-lock engage and disengage when you slowly press and release the brake. Start her up, turn the radio off, put your hand on the shifter and give it a try.

If you hear or "feel" it, and it won't shift, I'm guessing your linkage is out of whack, perhaps a result of the accident.

If you don't feel it, I'm guessing it's not getting the "unlock" signal from the brake switch. I believe the shift-lock switch is located at the top of the brake pedal assembly, where it pivots up under the dash. There's probably two switches there, one for brake lights, the other for the lock. Crane your head up under there and take a look. If you're lucky its just misaligned in its bracket. Pump the pedal by hand and see if the switches are being allowed to fully open. If they do, and still no shifty, then its off to the repair shop of Mazda Stealership.

Good luck.

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