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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...

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My car won't shift out of park. What do I do? I don't know what the problem is. Can you help me?

  • Do your brake lights work?
    • The brake switch is often tied into the shift interlock mechanism.
    • Have someone stand behind your car and check your brake light operation.
    • If the brake lights don't turn on when you push on the brake, check the brake switch to make sure it's plugged in and operating correctly. Its down by the brake pedal lever. Replace if defective or broken.
  • Does your car have a manual shift interlock release?
  • center console area.
    • Check around your shifter for a button, key slot, or plug.
    • If you find a plug, removing it may reveal a slot to insert a key.
    • Pushing the shift interlock button or inserting a key into the slot should allow you to shift out of park, but make sure to apply the brakes first.
    • If your shifter has a button on the knob you always have to push to shift out of park, a problem with this button will also prevent you from shifting into gear.
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    that is park lock failure, build into the shifter section,it has an
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    My 1998 Tracer is stuck in park. When I push on the brake, the button on the shifter will not push in.

    Hello! It sounds as if your gear shift lock isn't working properly - it should release when you depress the brake pedal. You're not stuck, however. There is a small plastic piece to the side of the gear shift on the console - you can pry this piece up and off, revealing a hole underneath. Insert a screwdriver straight down and you will push on the manual gear shift release button - once you do that you will be able to move the gear shift. This can be caused by a few things - weak battery, or the release button is broken behind the brake pedal.

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    The button on the gear shift is very hard to push

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

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    Have a hard get the gear shift to go into reverse

    if it will not shift out of park when the brake is pushed then in will be the shift interlock, but if it is still hard to move after out of park then it will be a shift cable

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    94 honda accord hard to shift from park

    You seem to have two (2) separate problems one may be a BAD brake light switch this switch is mounted at the top of BRAKE pedal and control the locking mechanism on gear shifter(safety component-for example if a kid is sitting in seat with vehicle running he/she will NOT be able to put vehicle in gear without stepping on brake). The other problem is a BAD shifter cable-this cable moves the selector in the transmission when you move shift knob. Good luck and thanks for using FIX YA

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    Hard to shift into park.depressing brake pedal does not release

    the brake switch may be failing, causing the gears to stay in a locked position making it hard to shift into park

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    Sheift lock

    The term "shift lock" is the system that is in place to prevent the vehicle from being shifted out of Park into Reverse or Drive WITHOUT having the driver's foot firmly on the brake pedal. The brake light switch on the brake pedal closes a circuit that energizes a solenoid under the shifter. When the brake is applied, and the solenoid is energized, the shift lever is no longer "locked", and can be moved to the desired position.
    The idea here stems from a phenonomon several years ago that dealt with the issue of "Sudden Intended Acceleration". What was happening here was, for some unknown reason, engines started developing high RPMS for no reason, and several accisents were reported due to this issue. The vehicle would accelerate "unintendedly", when putting into drive or reverse, and could hit something.

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