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97 saturn sl will not shift from park easily, automatic.

My girlfriend's saturn has been getting harder and harder to shift out of park after sitting for a decent amount of time. Once running and parked again it will shift right into gear once restarted. Its only when it sits for 3+ hrs that I encounter problems. Please Help, I need to keep this car on the road!

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  • scotty_ziebe May 24, 2009

    Its when I try to shift the automatic shifter from P to D. It just locks into Park, I press the brakes and the button on the side and the shifter stays in P.

  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    Is the shifter becoming difficult to move or is the car not moving after you shift into gear?

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In the center console there is a shift lock solenoid you can just remove it if you want let me know hey tell fixya bout me ok

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