1997 Chevrolet Suburban - gets stuck in Park, even though stepping on brake. Wild jiggling and stomping on pedal has gotten it out, but am worried. Brake lights work, cannot find pedal switch(es). Is the release solenoid switch part of the brake light switch, and is this the likely culprit, or is it the mechanism? MOST IMPORTANT: IS THERE A MANUAL OVERRIDE?
I accidently posted under 2004 Envoy - actually a 1997 Chevy Suburban. Found the switch on the brake actuator rod, sprayed with WD 40 (sloppy - hit or miss) - and moved the switch around. Now works fine. If I could find a way to remove the switch, I would replace. I may find the wires for the power and release servo and jump those out with a remote switch in case of future problems.
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98 Suburban 5.7L, automatic trans is stuck in park - no previous shifting problems, I know that the brake switch also operates the brake/transmission solenoid (BTS). Stepping on the brake pedal prior to starting the vehicle allows shifting from park to another gear. When I switch the key to the "on" position, I don't hear the BTS click. I can start the vehicle and the brake lights work fine. I just can't shift out of Park. I am unemployed and I am trying to troubleshoot this problem and fix it myself. Please help!
The park is locked out with a pin that is pulled back by small electric solenoid plunger, the solenoid is powered when you step on the brake pedal, so it the brake lights are not working then the shifter will not release from park. The idea here is of course to have the brakes applied before the car is put in "Drive", it is called the Park lock safety feature by Ford. You should be able to override this by turning the ignition switch to just short of the on/run position (between off and run) while jiggling the shift lever.
More the nlikely your brake light switch is defective or loose.
This switch also controls the release of the shifter so you cannot shift from park unless you're stepping on the brake.
The switch is located in the brake pedal up ubder the dash.
Turn the key to unlock the the system but do not start the vehicle, shift into neutral and start, you should be able to go from there.
Check or replace the switch as necessary. Be careful though as your brake lights may also not work.
I stuck a flat blade screw driver up in the little white switch above the brake pedal (you can see it if you look directly above the pedal through the steering rod. It is being pushed by a small piece of metal in the plastic casing) and then tried shifting out of park and it worked. It was a really cold night before and I guess the grease just froze up. It seems to be working fine now even without pushing it in with the screwdriver. Thanks so much deltamech!
Not sure if your truck is new enough but...... Did you always have to press the brake to shift from park? If so check the brake lights if they don't work the interlock system doesn't recognize that you have pressed the brake pedal.If they don't work start with the brake light fuse(some are labeled stop lamps) If it's good the switch could be faulty, It is located under the dash near the top of the pedal assembly. hope this helps!
btsi solenoid on right side of steering column about halfway up column unplug and check green wire with test lamp while depressing brake pedal lamp should turn on and off if not replace brake lamp switch or check wiring if test lamp lights replace btsi solenoid