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2004 Pontiac Vibe won't come out of park when weather is very cold. If I pump brakes and let motor warm up, it releases. What is the matter?

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It sounds like your shifter is stuck. If that is correct, when was the last time you had the transmission serviced? If it is past the maintence specs, I would get that done. The seals are probably freezing up and they have to warm up for them to work. A good cleaning of the transmission will help there. Also check to make sure you dont have ice building up on top of the transmission. Also on simple thing. If you accidently spilled anything at the point of the gear shift, it needs to be cleaned. So take it in and have it serviced, make mention it is sticking and they should be able to fix it. If the seals are bad, depending on the mileage and use, that can be normal. Try a transmission place who only works on transmissions such as All Transmission World, Transco, AAMCO, etc. These are specialists. Dealors are expensive and Walmart, Firestone can cause more problems.

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