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Shift button can you fix the button in the shift handle so that it stops popping out? automatic transmission, not brake or linkage problem just waht ever keeps the push button from coming out of handle.

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There should be a lip on the handle that holds the button. You may have to get a new handle or one from a salvage yard.

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