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Gear shift locked in park need to get ignition switch out to remove top cover

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

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SOURCE: Car Won't Fully Shift into Park

You either have problem with the shifter assy, or the shifter cable has come out of adjustment.
If you remove the shifter bezel and center console you will be able to see the shifter cable. There will be a white or black lift tab on the cable. Release the tab and and place shifter in park. If it still does not go into park that means that you will need a shifter assy. If it goes into park with the tab released you push the tab back down with it still in park.

That should take care of your problem.

Posted on Aug 29, 2008

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SOURCE: key gets stuck in ignition

My daughter drives a Suzuki, my solution to her is: while the gear shift lever is in park, lightly put pressure on the gear shift lever, through the park position and while pressing the gear shift towards park light rock left to right while trying to remove the key.

The interlock between the transmission and the ignition switch needs to be adjusted/ repaired or replaced.

Posted on Oct 16, 2008

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SOURCE: replacing gear shift handle on column

under the cylnder is a very small hole. put the key in the switch and turn it until all the dash lights come on. then take a very still object like a small punch and push it in the small hole and pull out the ignition switch. sometimes u might have to hit the punch to push in the button.

Posted on Oct 19, 2008

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SOURCE: 1991 Ford f150 will not shift out of park

my 95 f150 had the same problem and it ended up being one of the fuses in the fuse panel. take a test light to your fuses. the smalest thing can generate the biggest problem.

Posted on Dec 11, 2008

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SOURCE: How to remove the upper shift cover

Locate a repair manual at your library or your local auto parts store."chiltons or haynes repair manuals".They may have one already open and available without having to purchase one. Perhaps you can research online and find a site that has the information your requesting.

Posted on Feb 27, 2009

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What make vehicle ? Most all vehicles have a safety system .Don't try an force anything you'll break it !
Electronic Park Lock (EPL)/Ignition Lock Cylinder Control Actuator: If the vehicle is equipped with automatic transmission and a floor mounted console gear shift, it has an ignition lock cylinder control actuator system in the steering column. The ignition lock cylinder control actuator purpose is to prevent the ignition key from being turned to the OFF position when the transmission is in any position other than PARK and the vehicle may still be moving. The column ignition lock system consists of an ignition lock cylinder control actuator, and a park position switch that is located in the automatic transmission shift lock control switch. The ignition lock cylinder control actuator contains a pin that is spring loaded to mechanically prevent the ignition key cylinder from being turned to the lock position when the vehicle transmission is not in the PARK position. If vehicle power is lost, and/or the transmission is not in the PARK position the operator will not be able to turn the ignition key to the lock position and will not be able to remove the ignition key from the column. They also have this on column mounted shifters !

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Many times a cylinder will not turn when the steering wheel lock has pressure against it from the steering wheel. Wiggle the steering wheel while trying to turn the cylinder. If this is not the issue, the cover surrounding the steering column will have to be removed to access the cylinder.

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There should be a cable that goes from the key lock to the shifter. That cable may be broken. There should also be a lock solenoid that requires you to push on the brake pedal to get the shifter out of park.
You would need to disassemble the console to get access to the shifter and then inspect these components.

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The shift interlock button wont release the gear shift to go in park or drive


Its a simple fix - you just need to put your right hand underneath the dash, under the ignition switch with the stuck key, and feel around for the stiff transmission-shift-lock cable, and just giggle it about a bit. Try all directions, don't be aggressive with it; and eventually you will be able to turn the key to the LOCK position. Good luck

I took the cover off the steering column by removing 4 screws. (I had to remove the dash by removing 2 screws behind the Hood release and yanking the cover off. This is how you gain access to the two forward most bolts on the steering column cover.) From hear you should see the shift interlock on the top right of the sterring column. Pull the white lever to release the key lock. Turn the key to lock and remove your key.
I would then purchase a new interlock and replace it.

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Hello i have a 2004 cavalier and it will not go into gear can you help me?


This Is Park Lock Cable Failure here is the Replacment Procedure

Park Lock Cable Replacement

Removal Procedure

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  1. Remove the console.
  2. Remove the knee bolster.
  3. Loosen the lower steering column bracket bolts.
  4. Lower the steering column.
  5. Place the transmission shift lever in the PARK position. Important: Do not proceed to the next step with the key in any position other than the RUN position.
  6. Turn the ignition key to the RUN position.
  7. Insert a screwdriver blade into the slot provided in the ignition switch inhibitor.
  8. Depress the cable latch. Pull the control cable from the inhibitor.
  1. Push the cable connector lock button at the shifter base to the up position.
  2. Unsnap the cable from the park/lock lever pin.
  3. Depress the two cable latches. Remove the control cable latches from the automatic transmission control.
  4. Remove the control cable clips.
Installation Procedure

Important: When installing a new park/lock cable, keep the shipping cover gauge attached until you are instructed to detach it. The shipping cover gauge will aid in the proper positioning of the cable.


  1. Ensure that the cable lock button is in the up position. Place the shift lever in the PARK position.
  2. Snap the control cable connector into the automatic transmission control.
  3. Place the ignition key in the RUN position. Important: Do not insert the cable with the key in any position other than the RUN position.
  1. Snap the control cable into the inhibitor housing until the snap lock is seated.
  2. Remove the shipping cover gauge.
  3. Turn the key to the LOCK position.
  1. Snap the control cable end onto the shift park/lock lever pin.
  2. Push the cable connector hose forward in order to remove any slack.
  3. With no load applied to the connector nose, snap the cable connector lock button down. Important: Inspect for proper operation of the park/lock control cable before installing the steering column to the instrument panel.
  4. Raise and connect the steering column.
  5. Tighten the lower steering column bracket bolts.
  6. Install the knee bolster.

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This car has a lock out device as all vehicles have. You need to depress the brake firmly to shift into gear as you may know. The solenoid that retracts the lock out for the shifting is at fault and needs to be replaced. You will see it if you remove the entire top of the shifting console

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Can not put gear leaver into any gear automatic


There is a shift lock override button under a tab/cover on the shift console. Remove the tab and press the button down with a screwdriver to shift out of Park.

To fix the cause pf the problem, you will need to check the shift lock fuse, the brake pedal sensor, and the ignition switch.

Find the fusebox under the dash. The fuses are labeled on the fusebox door.

The brake pedal sensor may need adjustment or its switch may be bad and needs replacing. Ditto for the ignitions switch.


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  1. Remove the instrument panel cover below the steering column, then remove the steering column shrouds to gain access to the brake transmission shift interlock (BTSI) solenoid. The solenoid is part of the interlock cable assembly.
  2. Disconnect the wire connector from the rear of the BTSI solenoid.
  3. Insert the ignition key and turn it to the ON position.
  4. With the brakes applied, try moving the shifter out of the PARK position.
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My daughter drives a Suzuki, my solution to her is: while the gear shift lever is in park, lightly put pressure on the gear shift lever, through the park position and while pressing the gear shift towards park light rock left to right while trying to remove the key.

The interlock between the transmission and the ignition switch needs to be adjusted/ repaired or replaced.

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