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2004 cavalier shift lever stuck

I have a 2004 cavalier with an automatic transmission. Recently, when I tried to put the car in Park, the lever would not go into Park. I found that the knob on the lever was a little loose. I finally got it to go into Park after pushing down on the knob and jiggling it. Later, I had the same problem when I was trying to get the car out of Park. I think the problem is with the shifting lever and not the transmission. Am I right?

If the problem is the knob, is there a way I could fix it instead of taking it to a shop?

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To check this out you must remove the shift handle by using a butter knife to remove a horseshoe clip facing the very front of the handles shank. Then remove the shifter plate to check the cables

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Did you perform the A Diagnostic System Check - Automatic Transmission Shift Lock Control?
Go to Step 2
Go to Diagnostic System Check - Automatic Transmission Shift Lock Control

2

  1. Turn ON the ignition, with the engine OFF.
  2. Press and hold the brake pedal.
  3. Attempt to move the shift lever out of the PARK position.
Does the shift lever move out of the PARK position?
YES - Go to Testing for Intermittent Conditions and Poor Connections in Wiring Systems
NO - Go to Step 3

3

  1. Turn OFF the ignition.
  2. Disconnect the automatic transmission shift lock control solenoid.
  3. Turn ON the ignition, with the engine OFF.
  4. Attempt to move the shift lever out of the PARK position.
Does the shift lever move out of the PARK position?
YES - Go to Step 4
NO - Go to Step 5

4

Test the A/T shift lock control circuit for a short to ground. Refer to Circuit Testing and Wiring Repairs in Wiring Systems.
Did you find and correct the condition?
YES - Go to Step 9
NO - Go to Step 6

5

Inspect for poor connections at the harness connector of the automatic transmission shift lock control solenoid. Refer to Testing for Intermittent Conditions and Poor Connections and Connector Repairs in Wiring Systems.
Did you find and correct the condition?
Go to Step 9
Go to Step 7

6

Inspect for poor connections at the harness connector of the body control module (BCM). Refer to Testing for Intermittent Conditions and Poor Connections and Connector Repairs in Wiring Systems.
Did you find and correct the condition?
Go to Step 9
Go to Step 8

7

Replace the automatic transmission shift lock control solenoid. Refer to Transmission Control Replacement in Automatic Transaxle-4T40-E/4T45-E.
Did you complete the replacement?
Go to Step 9
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8

Replace the body control module (BCM). Refer to Body Control Module Replacement in Body Control System.
Did you complete the replacement?
Go to Step 9
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9

Operate the system in order to verify the repair.
Did you find and correct the condition?
System OK
Go to Step 2

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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.
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