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When trying to get car out of park to get in reverse to drive car, shift doesnt move out of part, i put a screw driver in the shift lock release to get car to move out of park, what do I have to do to fix?

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    Yeah, it is some safety lock mechanism that prevents the shifter from changing gears while car is in motion. The screwdriver method works, but unless you want to keep doing that the rest of the car's life, go to a mechanic. That safety lock actually broke on me, and they had to replace the whole shifting mechanism. The bill was over $1000 including labor.

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Took car to dealer and found out it was an electric component called a shift lock controler solenoid which was an extented warranty and it solve the problem .

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Might have to get underneath to see if the linkage on the tranny is stuck.

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