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Gear shift button hard to push

The button on the gear shift remains hard to push even after stepping on the brake pedal. i am able to wrestle it into gear but i dont know how long i will be able to do that. however after getting it into gear i am able to push the button quite easily. i have checked the gear shift lock fuse and it is not blown.

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Did anyone take that apart? it sound like the link is worn out or someome took it apart

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Well the fuse could be the problem but I would doubt that.. Is the button itself dirty in any way? Sometimes the manufactuer just make faulty parts. Has it always done that? Is it just sticking? Can you hear plastic grinding when you force it? I believe it's a problem with the switch itself. Not the operational system of the vehicle...

Posted on May 19, 2009

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