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Shifter is stuck in park

1997 gmc savana i put it in park one day and its been stuck since!! i think its electroniclly released by the brake pedal but its not working, i took of the covering to take a look and all the wires running from the key the the pedal and back to the shifter is all connected. maybe there is a fuse or relay i'm thinking?

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The shift interlock solenoid is probably bad

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Why does it get stuck in park

Chris: According to "Shifter Lever

Recognizing that you might one day find yourself in such a predicament, vehicle manufacturers incorporated a quick and easy method for manually releasing a shifter stuck in Park. Follow these 4 simple steps.

1. Set the emergency brake.

2. Locate the shifter lock override slot located on the shifter console near the shifter lever. Normally, the slot is plugged with a small plastic cap.

3. Remove the plastic cap covering the override slot and insert a key, nail file or similarly shaped object into the slot and push down.

4. While pushing down, depress the brake pedal, grab the shifter and push in the shifter lock button located on the shifter as you normally do and then move the shifter to the Neutral position. With the brake pedal still depressed, start the engine with the shifter in the Neutral position.

NOTE: If the shifter lever will still not move, repeat the process making sure to press down firmly on the locking mechanism and the brake pedal simultaneously as you attempt to move the shifter lever.

NOTE: Continuing to drive your vehicle in this condition will not cause any additional damage. You will just have to use this procedure to release the shifter each time you attempt to move the shifter out of the Park position." I hope this helps you!

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My 1997 ford taurus wont shift out of park. The shifter seams to be stuck, it wont move. The shifter is on the steering wheel not the floor.

This is often a switch located on the brake pedal lever. The car requires you to press the Brake pedal before shiftting out of Park. You lose the signal when a foot hits or breaks this part. Look under the dash for the part and fix it.

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2004 Volvo s60 awd t 'stuck in park'

Check your brake lights and see if they are working. The solenoid in the shifter is energized by you stepping on the brake. If your break lights do not work... your stuck in park. This can be caused by a bad brake light switch located above your brake pedal or.... a blown hazard / brake light fuse. Check them first.....


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The button on the automatic transmission shifter wont push in and change gears. The car is stuck in park.

The problem is the park safety switch on the brake pedal (a gblue rubber looking ring under u pedal) because it is not working correctly the pin under the center console is stuck and not releasing the shift
In my case the tip of the blue rubber ring under the pedal broke therefore it did not press the switch which pulls back the pin which locks the shifter in park. (this can cause your break lights to stay on if it breaks or falls off when you apply the brakes)
so, for a few dollars you can replace the ring which notifies the switch to allow the pin that locks the shifter in park to release it.
I did not know I had broke the blue thing (another day, another story) and needed to get somewhere fast so...
I removed the 4 screws that hold the face plate that the shifter sticks up through, I found a white pin down in the console (there is a square white switch underneath and to the left that works the pin, i bent back the bracket until i could pull the pin put of the shifter lock and put the car in gear. However, my car does not lock in Park now. I figure I could use the parking brake if worried which never have and i have had no problems. In fact I forgot all about it until reading this post. Guess I ought to put the pin back in the switch since a few weeks later I had to fix the blue piece in order to get my brake lights to turn off.. (the other day, the other story.)( and how I stumbled upon The Rest of the Story!)
I apologize for my undeveloped vehicular parts terminology. I am not of the male gender and therefore lack the DNA required for innate understanding of anything mechanical. But i can use a screwdriver and look around .....Its that easy!

Dec 15, 2010 | 2001 Ford Escort ZX2

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2009 dodge charger is stuck on an incline and will not come out of park

happens to me allot,it will go in gear but you will have to apply allot more pressure than normal to get it out of park,the steeper the incline the harder you will have to pull on gear shifter( you will almost think your going to break the shifter,but you wont) to keep it from happening next time,when you pull in and put in park before you let off brake pedal apply the emergency brake,and when you get back in car to leave,start and put in gear then release the emergency brake.....

Sep 27, 2010 | 2006 Dodge Charger

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Where is the shift lock overide reease button on

should be able to shift when u press brake pedal, if not press pedal and see if brake lights work if brake light switch is bad this can effect the shift control. if this is not issue then the shifter is jamming and the stifting linkage is most likely worn or out of alignment and should be repaired

Oct 30, 2009 | 1998 GMC Savana

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97 gmc 1500 2wd gear lever stuck in park

theres a safty switch when you hit the brake it releases and lets you shift this could be your problem

Aug 30, 2009 | 1997 GMC Sierra

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Suburban stuck in PARK

I accidently posted under 2004 Envoy - actually a 1997 Chevy Suburban. Found the switch on the brake actuator rod, sprayed with WD 40 (sloppy - hit or miss) - and moved the switch around. Now works fine. If I could find a way to remove the switch, I would replace. I may find the wires for the power and release servo and jump those out with a remote switch in case of future problems.

Jun 02, 2009 | 2004 GMC Envoy

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Vehicle is locked in park

I have a chevy that has the same problem, under to dash haft way down the steering shaft you will see a little round electric unit this gets stuck on unplug it or just give it a tap.

if you put you key into the first click push the brake it should release the shifter
Regards Paul
If you still have problems please contact me

Jan 13, 2009 | 1997 GMC Jimmy

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Automatic shift knob stuck in park, can not move it in 97 Legacy Subaru

There are two switches that have to be activated before the park lock is released. The first is on the brake pedal, the second is the thumb button on the shifter. Most often the brake pedal switch is the problem, it can be pushed back and forth in its mount, sometimes it gets pushed to far and no longer switches when the pedal is depressed. You can also use the emergency release and shift out of park anytime. There is a plastic "ring" around the base of the shifter, in most cars it is black, in cars with wood grain trim pieces it is wood grain. The best way to get it out is to unscrew the center console and push it up from the back, you can pry it up buy you may break the tabs that hold it in. When this piece is out, look down at the front of the shifter base, there is a hole a pen will fit down into. If you push a pen, pencil, or any small round straight object down into that hole, it will mechanically release the shifter lock and allow you to get out of park. My daughter drove her 96 Legacy that way for months until I got around to fixing the brake switch.

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