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Shift selector won't come out of park

I can't depress the button with my foot on the brake to shift into drive, neutral, or reverse. It's frozen in park. What to do?

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Do you have your car parked on steep grade.
An automatic transmission, when in PARK position, locks the driving wheels. On a steep grade you'll need more than normal pressure to move the shift lever. This is because the transmission's parking pawl resists the vehicle's tendency to roll.
If there is a little slope car will stuck in PARK
Let me know if you need more infor
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You have a bad actuator (safety switch) that keeps from taking out of park unless brake is depressed. you should have a button somewhere around the shifter to over ride this actuator. you may have to use something small like a key to depress the button then take it out of park. or turn the key to "on" then put the shifter ion neutral then start car then put in desired gear, but once you put back in park you have to start over again.

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With your foot on the brake pedal (steady-constant pressure), move the transmission selector gear to neutral- then turn the 4 X 4 selector knob to 4-wheel drive high. Wait for the 4 X 4 engagement.
Once it is in 4-wheel drive high, with the transmission selector still in neutral, quickly pump the brake peddle twice, keeping you foot on the brake pedal on the second pump, turn the 4 X 4 selector knob from high range to low range. The transfer case should then change from 4-wheel drive high to low.
Electronics being what they are, you sometimes have to repeat the process. You may even have to inch forward or backward.
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Anyway, check the fuse panel for any blown fuses.
Double check to make sure that the problem is not just blown 4 X 4 lights on the instrument cluster. With the nob turned to 4-wheel drive, have a second person- a spotter, check to see if the drive shaft to the transfer case is moving. If it isn't, you have to delve into the troubleshooting process.
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Some automatic vehicles rely on the brake switch (mounted on brake pedal) to be activated by depressing brake pedal. This signal then operates a relay and switch, to release the gear lever.

Firstly, I would check the brake pedal switch (are your brake lights working?).

If brake switch is confirmed OK, then inspect the relay (and related circuit components) of the gear release switch.

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You might try putting the truck in reverse for a couple of feet, then to Park, and back to Neutral or Drive. Then use the Electric selector. Your year model may require a foot on the brake.

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You can replace the selector or attempt to clean it as access is possible by removing 3 clips on the part. This made the LED changeable by providing access. There is a spring and checkball which makes the selector click into place and stay where you put it.

You can also try to clean the connections on the plugin for the selector with Electronics spray. Thats all you may need if you can jockey around the spray can to squirt the terminals on the selector switch.

With luck, my opening instructions may solve your problem. It is possible your mechanical shift linkage for the Park,Reverse,Neutral,Drive has too much play in it and an interlock is just not lining up. If you have another type of 4x4 with the extra lever on the floor there are different instructions.

I hope you feel my information was very helpful and complete. You can contact us again for more help.

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