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Gear shifter not moving on my 98 Grand Prix

When I get in my car and try to shift out of park the shifter will not move unless i place a screw driver in the shift lock release slot. This would work usually the first time with the screw driver but now it seems to be getting worse and it takes moving the screw driver around until the lock is released.

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What you need to do is have your linkage checked....on my 98 Grand Am the bolts holding my linkage in place came loose...and one accualy fell out...would not let me shift....I bolted the linkage back down and everything was ok....

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