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1. there is an emergency release button under the gear shift.
2. You can also try: turn key on (don't start), then push as hard as you can on brake pedal(literally try to push through floor), them push button on shifter and pull as hard as you can to neutral. Now try to start car after putting it in park.
Sometimes if you shift to another gear just as you shut off key it will lock where it is. Also if you have used the 4 wheel (lo or hi) and did not put car in neutral before changing out of 4 wheel it can lock up. My mother has done both of these things to my car. And the above suggestion (2) has worked great for me.
Start the engine, depress the brake pedal, press the oval push button attached to the upper side of the gear lever stick and shift the lever to R, N, or D. It should work. If not check the following:
- Push button mechanism and the solenoid for malfunction.
- Brake switch assembly.
- Wiring harness.
You can also release the gear lever by pressing the small red button located on the base of gear lever stick. Simultaneously press the small red button and the push button of the gear lever stick to get it out from P.
try and push the gear shifter forward like you are forcing it into park. while holding pressure on it try pushing the button in, and make sure your foot is on the brake pedal. Some cars have a safety feature that requires the brakes to be depressed before you can shift into drive.
There are multiple things that must all happen in order for the shifter to move from park.
1. Make sure the key ignition switch is in the "Run" position (the position just before the "start" position).
2. Brake pedal is depressed (usually pushed in a couple of inches or more at least to release the button on the shifter).
3. Push in the button on the shifter and pull back (you may need to push the shifter slightly forward or back a little for the button to move freely).
If the button on the shifter still doesn't push in freely, there is a problem with the mechanical lock-out linkage or electronic switch that releases the button lock. Check under the dash area along the brake pedal arm for anything that doesn't look correct.
4. If the car is on an incline/slope/hill, it will put a lot of pressure on the parking pin in the transmission. Usually a strong tug or pull on the shifter will pull it out while you're pushing on the brake pedal to prevent rolling when it releases. Make sure to set the parking/emergency brake first to prevent this next time .
This is the shift lock...you will need battery to release it electrically but there is an over ride by the shifter..either a button to push or a place to put your ignition key. This will release the shifter