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Will not shift out of park until you stomp on brake pedal

What part do I need to replace to allow the vehicle to shift out of park

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The transmission safety interlock is standard equipment on all newer vehicles with automatic transmissions. Cars with straight drives also have a similar safety device that will not allow you to start the engine without first depressing the clutch. If it takes an excessive amount of force on the brake pedal to be able to shift out of park, you need to go to a good transmission shop for a linkage adjustment.

Posted on Feb 23, 2009

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    So what happened with your transmission???

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My car won't shift out of park. What do I do? I don't know what the problem is. Can you help me?


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    • If the brake lights don't turn on when you push on the brake, check the brake switch to make sure it's plugged in and operating correctly. Its down by the brake pedal lever. Replace if defective or broken.
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    • If your shifter has a button on the knob you always have to push to shift out of park, a problem with this button will also prevent you from shifting into gear.
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    Does the engine start ? Is this a automatic transmission vehicle ? Do the brake lights work when you press on the brake pedal ? It probably has something to do with the Automatic Transmission Shift Lock
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    Vehicles have a safety system that won't allow gear selector to be moved out of park unless brake pedal is pushed ! This what Buick calls there's
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    When first starting car, gear shift will not move out of park without stromping on brake pedal then it will release shift to reverse position. Why, what is the problem?


    Your brake pedal position switch is most likely defective. Chances are that when the shifter will not shift from PARK, your brake lamps are also not working. With this in mind, your brake lamps are probably not working unless you "stomp" the brake pedal - this can cause much worse problems than not being able to shift out of park.

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    I believe this vehicle is equipped with a shift lock that necessitates depressing the brake pedal before it can be shifted out of "Park". This is a safety feature designed into almost every car made nowadays to prevent unintended movement of the vehicle when shifting out of "Park". The Shift Lock solenoid is triggered by the brake light switch located near the top of the brake pedal arm. Starting with the "basics", check to see if the brake lights are working (they should illuminate when the brake pedal is pressed. If the brakes lights do not come on. then proceed to check the brake/stop light fuse. Replace if needed. Once the brake lights are functioning, the shift lock should "disengage" and allow you to shift out of "Park" when the brake pedal is pressed. If the fuses are okay, but still no brake lights, then the Brake Light Switch may need to be replaced.

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