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My gear shift locks in my 1994 lexus400

I have to push the button on console for the gear shift to engage. i don't know what happened

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The brake light switch is going out, it's mounted behind the brake pedal inside the car on the firewall. It serves three purposes, it turns on the brake lights, cancels the cruise control and disconnects the shift lock.

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