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Can't get shifter into park

Problem started by shifter not going D position and D light on dash not lighting although all others lit fine when shifter was in their positions. Had to put shifter in 2 then slide up to D to get on D-drive position. Now cannot get into P position to start car - it clicks but it's not really in P because car can move. So now it's not starting because can't get in P. I can move shifter by pressing auto lock -- but I don't think it's really in P-park anyway since wheels move freely. Brake lights work fine. Drives and shifts fine - when I can start it. It seems like a progressive mechanical problem -- any ideas?

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Sounds like the parking pawl in the transmission or the manual shift valve is sticking or the manual linkage in the trans is bent. youll have to have a technician drop the trans pan and observe these parts with an assistant shifting the lever in the car back and forth. If the PRNDL light for park is not lit, then the vehicle is not completely in park. You can start and vehicle with the lever in NEUTRAL to get you anywhere.

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