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The button on the gear shift is very hard to push

I have to use both hand to put the car in gear because the button on th shifter is almost impossible to push in. the brake pedal has to be pressed in before i can shift from park.

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  • its420_us May 11, 2010

    The button on your shifter is supposed to be locked until you push the brake.



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Brake application is good. Try pushing shifter forward before stepping on brake than push the button in. good luck

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