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The shifter button on my 2000 malibu wont push in so i am unable to get it out of park. what can i do to fix this?

Car starts fine and i drove it fine earlier today. but now the shifter button wont press in so i can get it out of park. what can i do to fix it?

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Its a bad wire on your shifter ,or maybe snaged take off your center counsel and u can look right at it

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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

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SOURCE: 2007 HHR gear shifter button engaged and stuck in park

I had the same problem and once I wiggled the shifter enough to get it out of park then the key stuck in the ignition started.

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you should also hear or feel a click when you press on the brake pedal, if not there is your problem

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SOURCE: THe transmission will not shift out of park.

there is a brake switch that controls that by the brake ped

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on brake peddle u have a sifter release switch,,no working

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