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repairpal.com > Questions > Toyota > Camry > 2004 Toyota Camry Aug 21, 2014 - my shifter got stuck in park,I read the book and read to take the little cover off by the shifter and push the botton to release the shifter. it worked fine ...Shifting lever stuck in park on 2004 Toyota Camry .... 2007 Toyota Camry ...Missing: yaris
Make sure the shifter is all the way in PARK. Try to start the car. IF not work, you could try jiggling the shifter while trying to start the car. (note: most shifters won't budge from park until the car is started for safety reasons). good luck. ALso try jiggling the steering wheel too while trying to start the car. If none of this works, then it might be that the ignition starter is bad and needs replacing. I can't guarantee any of this will work since I don't have all the details. If all else fails, take it in for repair!
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!
There is a solenoid located under the shifter housing that releases the shifter lock once the break is pressed. One of two three things has likelyhappened. One, there is gunk or syrup on the solenoid from spilled coffee or soda on it and it needs to be cleaned with alcohol. Two, the solenoid is bad and needs to be replaced. Three, the linkage has popped off or broke and needs to be repaired.
You can override the switch if you need to.
You will need to take the housing off around the shifter and find the solenoid. There is usually a manual override switch that you can push to get it to release. Sometimes it is an off color like pink or red.