1995 Olds Cutlass 3.1 I can lift the console and manually push down on the tab right behind the shifter and the button on the shifter will go in. I can then go through the gears but once I put the car back in park the shifter wont shift again. I am pressing on the brakeas I try to put it in gear. It is an automatic trans.
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1 Set the emergency brake.
2 Insert key into the ignition and turn the ignition switch to the "ON" or "RUN" position. It is not necessary to start the engine.
3 Locate the shift lock override slot located on the shifter console near the shifter lever. Normally, the slot is plugged with a small plastic cap. Remove the cap.
4 Insert a small screwdriver, nail file, key or similarly shaped object into the override slot, push down and hold
5 While continuing to hold down the shift override mechanism, depress the brake pedal.
6 Now, grasp the shifter, push in the release button located on the shifter as you normally do and then move the shifter to the desired gear. If you've completed these steps with the engine off, move the shifter to the Neutral position to start the engine.
Chris: According to MyAutomaticTransmission.com: "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!
It\'s right where the shifter cable goes into the shaft, look right next to the steering cloumn under the hood,the switch won\'t keep the car from moving tho,it just wouldn\'t start.But you could look there to make sure the cable hasn\'t broken or come unhooked. The cable goes to an arm about 3 inches long just make sure the arm moves when shifting.
Start the engine. Press firmly on the brake while wiggling the shifter from side to side.
Remove the console surrounding the shifter. It is usually
very easy although you may need to use the screwdriver to lift an edge
or remove a clip
Look inside the shifter mechanism for any sticky substance.
Often when drinks are spilled on the console they seep down into the
shifter mechanism and make the interlock solenoid sticky, meaning that
it sticks closed when you press the brake and the car won't come out of
Remove any sticky substance with the alcohol. Start the
engine, press the brake and try to move the shifter out of park. If it
still does not move then there may be another issue with the interlock.
Examine the shifter for a release button that will allow you
to move the vehicle out of park so it can be taken to a repair shop. It
is usually hidden under a small flap or cover that will have to be
lifted with a small screwdriver.
If there is a manual release for the shifter it will be on the back side. There may be a small opening with a little spring door on it right behind the shifter bezel. If there is just stick a pencil or a screwdriver in there to push the release tab down. If there is no little hole then you may have to pull off the shift wood trim to access the release tab.
my car got stuck in park several times, i'm the brake lights would come on but i couldnt push the button to make my car move out of park...there's a tab on the right side at the top of the gear shifter console pop it out, stick a skrew driver down in and that should release it if that's your problem...it's a little bit of a rig, but it works, havent been stuck in park since
replace the shifter assembly.I replace alot of them.use this bulletin as a reference.Subject: Various Concerns With Shifter and/or Ignition Key (Replace Shifter Assembly/Shifter Components or Ignition Lock Cylinder )
Some customers may comment on any of the following concerns:
• The shifter is hard to move or binds.
• They cannot remove the ignition key.
• It takes high effort to rotate the key.
Cause 1 The shifter button may be sticking in the handle.
The pin that activates the micro-switch may have moved out of position (refer to illustration above). This causes the micro-switch to fail to engage when the vehicle is placed in Park. If this condition is present, the customer will not be able to remove the key from the ignition.
The illustration above shows the switch in a correct position.
Cause 3 Metal flashing left in the cylinder may cause a high effort to rotate the key.
Cause 4 The slider may be binding in the guides. This may cause the shifter to become difficult to operate.
Correction 1 Verify that the shifter button is inoperative by evaluating if the park pawl pin on the shifter assembly moves when activating the button. If the parking pawl does not move when the button is activated, the shifter handle will have to be replaced. Refer to Floor Shifter Control Knob Replacement in SI.
Correction 2 Important: A change has been made to the shifter assembly for service. The replacement shifter assembly will read PRNDIL (Park, Reverse, Neutral, Drive, Intermediate and Low).
Verify that the micro switch is out of position. Replace the shifter assembly. Refer to Transmission Control Replacement in SI.
Correction 3 Important: Refer to instruction sheet that is supplied with the lock cylinder kit. BO 47869 is an essential staking tool and must be used for the repair.
Replace the ignition lock cylinder. Refer to Ignition Lock Cylinder Replacement in SI.
Correction 4 Replace the slide indicator and guides in the shifter following the procedure below:
Apply the parking brake. Remove the upper console trim. Refer to Trim Plate Replacement-Console Front in SI. Remove shifter knob. Refer to Floor Shifter Control Knob Replacement in SI. Remove the indicator plate. Use a flat-bladed screwdriver to release the locking tabs. Remove the shifter indicator lens. Pull up on the indicator and remove it from the assembly. Remove the two front rails by unsnapping the front and lifting up, and then back, to remove the rails from the shifter assembly. Install the new guides. Place the hook end into the assembly and push down. It will snap into place. Install the new slide indicator. With the transmission in neutral, place the slide over the shifter and into the guides. Move the slide indicator down the guides in the front and rear. Important: Replace the shifter indicator lens if damage is present due to the slider binding or if it becomes damaged during disassembly.
Install the shift indicator lens. Install the shift indicator plate. Install the shifter knob. Refer to Floor Shifter Control Knob Replacement in SI. Install the upper console trim. Refer to Trim Plate Replacement-Console Front in SI. post back with what you find.