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Shifter stuck in park!

I have a 2007 Chevy Impala, I cant get it out of park. I drove it today and when I can home and parked it nothing unusual happened. So when I went to leave again. I started the car no problems, went to shift it and I couldn't push the button in to move the shifter (Yes foot was on the brake). So I turned the car off and set the alarm, then turned the alarm off, just to make sure it didnt have anything to do with the alarm. I put my foot on the brake then started the car and still was stuck.. Please help!!

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  • nmason75 Jan 19, 2009

    The brake lights come on. I have been reading but its on othere cars about a override switch/ Is that what your talking about?

  • chuck_h_5542 Apr 10, 2009

    My problem just occured last night, the same one you had, and I've tried everything, even the suggestions that were listed in the owners manuel. What wound up being your problem?

  • Anonymous Apr 29, 2009

    Yep same problem today wife parked at work cqame out to go home could not push button in and yes is running with foot on brake got chewed out for asking that!!!

  • Anonymous May 20, 2009

    I have the same problem my car is a 2008 Impala LS I drove my car today: and came home with no problem later on this evening I could not move my gear shift out of park; is there a solution?

  • tmoodyy Apr 18, 2010

    wer do u get that conector from that go into the shiffter?

  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2014

    the shifter will not move the vehicle out of park, even with foot on brake. wanting to know how to determine what the problem is, mechanical and/or electrical

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You have to take off the plastic all around the gear shifter. You can wedge a screw driver carefully around the edges and pry the plastic off then there is a screw on the shifter take that off and slide the top off and then take off the rubber until the whole shifter is exposed then you will see in the cavity on the right side a little metal round tab on a spring that you have to push in with a screw driver and it will release the shifter. Good luck

Posted on Mar 26, 2009

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I had the same problem. 2007 Impala stuck in park. Turned out to be a wiring harness. The chromed piece around the shifter can be popped up with a screw driver, the plastic below pops up and out. On the right side of the mechanism is a silver button. Push that in with a screw driver and the shift lever can be moved. Not a problem solver but it can be driven to be repaired somewhere.

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  • divona98 Jan 03, 2011

    Thank you yam250! I read this 10 months after you posted, and did just as you described, yep, silver button on the right, got it out of park and into the garage, waiting for daylight to replace the faulty brake lamp switch.

  • rooster050 Jan 07, 2011

    Follow the instructions above, and you will be able to move the car. Just happened to my GF and I told her how to do it over the phone. The hard part is locating the button after you take off the chromed piece. Takes a little searching, but the button is defiantly there. Thanks yam!

  • KO Wife May 05, 2011

    Have a 2008 Impala and the same problem occurred to us. We followed yam's instructions, found silver button. Shift was released. My question is how do we fix it permanetly?? Wht was the wiring harness expensive

  • kilobrandon Jul 28, 2011

    Thanks yam250! You saved us last night, very helpful info, God Bless and Thank You!

  • kilobrandon Jul 28, 2011

    Thanks yam250! God Bless, You saved us last night :))

  • brnd1969 May 12, 2012

    THIS was absolutely amazing!!! I have been stuck in a local grocery store parking lot forEVER, found your post and now I'm finally on my way home!!! Thank you thank you thank you!!! It very much works!!

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    courtfalcon Feb 01, 2013

    Just wondering an estimate of how much it cost you to fix it so I can know what Im looking at if thats my problem...Thanx

  • jones smith Sep 01, 2016

    What the problem is gmc products come from scrap and salvage yards
    Go buy a 15 yr FORD you would be better off than buying a 2017 piece of junk chevrolet

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When you hit the brake pedal, do your brake lights light up??? Maybe the sensor on the pedal is bad and that is why its not releasing the shift lock.

Look above the brake pedal on the linkage for the switch. Maybe there will be a loose wire or it got bent or something?

(even if the brake lights light up, it still might be the switch... some vehicles have 2 switches on the brake pedal)

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Thanks a lot for the information, wife calls me and the 07 chevy impala is stuck in park in the drive thru line at Mc Donalds. Without checking here for a solution, I wouldn't have had a clue what to do. Took the top off the console and could see the silver spring mounted switch. Used a long screw driver to push it in and it went right into gear !! You guys are real life savers !!!!

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Followed these instructions. Worked perfectly. Left the car in neutral
when I had to stop (set emergency brake) so the 'park' latch would not
re-engage and I wouldn't have to 'pop' the release each time I parked.
In neutral you can turn off the engine but you can't remove the key.
I just left the key in the ignition switch and carried my remote separately
so I could at least lock the doors. - many thanks and good luck

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I have been driving my Dad's 2007 Impala until I can save up enough to buy a car of my own. I drove to work as normal and got in the car to go to lunch and the car would not come out of park. I came across this online and managed to find the button to get it out of park. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

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On my 2006 HHR, this same thing happened. There is a series of events that affect the shifter moving out of park. When you step on the brake it engages the brake switch. This in turn activates a solenoid that unlocks the shifter. if the brake switch is working the next most likely on these cars id s busted release actuator. The tube in the shift arm has a bar that goes through it and there's a T near the bottom. This weakens the bar and it tends to break. You can replace the whole shifter or do like I did and repair the bar.

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