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Parking lights and horn won't work. Can't shift from park.

Pulled into parking lot and could not shift out of park. Used a screwdriver to override shifter and drive home. Horn would not work and there was a knocking noise coming from the car. The next day another driver told me my brake lights were out. I replaced the bulbs although only one looked blown. The only fuse that was blown says it is for my horn (15A). I replaced it and the lights work, the sound stopped and the car shifts out of park and seems to break better. The horn still did not work. After a 16 mile drive, the noise started again and I realized that the brake lights stopped working and I was stuck after putting it in park. Could this be a wiring problem? How can I narrow it down?

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Take it to a shop

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Shifter interlock


what car, you never said? NOR YEAR?
park lock out feature;. its broken , they do that. (BTSI system)
got A/T? or M/T both auto and stick shift have lockout.

no car/year, you get the generic answer.
there is a park lockout DEFEATER on most cars, (never on new cars,due to federal bs)

on the shift console, see the defeat device.
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http://justgivemethedamnmanual.com/jeep/

the A/T box,
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on newer jeeps read this
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pawl is jammed , opps. so wiggle the steering and wiggle shifter,
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now the grand cherroke,, why not post car model, and year, dang.

quote 2010 oper guide, get one.
Brake/Transmission Interlock Manual Override Your vehicle may be equipped with a shift lock manual override. The manual override may be used in the event that the shift lever should fail to move from PARK with the ignition switch in the ON position and the brake pedal pressed. To operate the shift lock manual override, perform the following steps: 1. Turn the ignition switch to the ON position without starting the engine. 2. Firmly set the parking brake. 3. Using a flat-bladed screwdriver, carefully remove the shift lock manual override cover, which is located on the PRNDL bezel. 4. Press and maintain firm pressure on the brake pedal. 5. Using the screwdriver, reach into the manual override opening. Press and hold the shift lock lever down. Interlock Manual Override end quote.
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