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The gear shift will not shift out of park. The screen will change out of park but will not highlight another gear and the gearshift will just go straight down and not catch.

The gear will not shift down from park the screen dosent change from park and the gear shift just goes straight down

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Check the mechanical linkage to the transmission

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