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Can not move shifter out of park even with on and brake pressed

Can not move shifter out of park even with key on and brake pressed

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One of the "pins" on your shifter linkage is worn badly...

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Why does it get stuck in park


Chris: According to MyAutomaticTransmission.com: "Shifter Lever

Recognizing that you might one day find yourself in such a predicament, vehicle manufacturers incorporated a quick and easy method for manually releasing a shifter stuck in Park. Follow these 4 simple steps.

1. Set the emergency brake.

2. Locate the shifter lock override slot located on the shifter console near the shifter lever. Normally, the slot is plugged with a small plastic cap.

3. Remove the plastic cap covering the override slot and insert a key, nail file or similarly shaped object into the slot and push down.

4. While pushing down, depress the brake pedal, grab the shifter and push in the shifter lock button located on the shifter as you normally do and then move the shifter to the Neutral position. With the brake pedal still depressed, start the engine with the shifter in the Neutral position.

NOTE: If the shifter lever will still not move, repeat the process making sure to press down firmly on the locking mechanism and the brake pedal simultaneously as you attempt to move the shifter lever.


NOTE: Continuing to drive your vehicle in this condition will not cause any additional damage. You will just have to use this procedure to release the shifter each time you attempt to move the shifter out of the Park position." I hope this helps you!

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My shift lever will not move from park even afetr appling the brakes


There is a little black cap beside the shifter, you can't miss it. Pop the cap off with your key, and inside there will be a button, push that button down and hold it there, with the brakes applied. Now the shifter will work.

Dec 08, 2011 | 2004 Volkswagen Jetta

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I cant get my car outta park. When i press down the brake and press the knob i feel a clicking in the brake pedal. i cant get my car out of the park positon and need to get work any ideas whats wrong and...


there is a button right beside your shifter that will release the lock underneith the plastic arouns the shifter. remove the plastic rubber around the shifter and lift the plastic up. there will be a button you can press to release the shifter lock in cases of emergency. careful removing the plastic but may require some light prying action to get it off. hit the button with a srewdriver or key and move the shifter out of park. you will still need to be in park or neutral to start the car. the main problem is probably a park/neutral module, a bad shifter, or a brake pedal sensor

May 03, 2011 | 1998 Mazda 626

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1997 cougar won't come out of park.


sounds like the brake shift interlock is not working. you need to press down on the brake to be able to move the shifter out of park. if that system is defective, it wont let you shift out of park. look at the center console 9if it has one) is there a slot that looks like you could slide your ignition key into? if there is try inserting your key into this slot and with your foot on the brake move the shifter into neutral. put the key in the ignition and it should now be able to start and shift into drive and reverse. but if you go back to park it will lock up again. i would bring it to the garage for a repair of this system (may need adjusting, may need replacing, but they would be able to diagnose and repair)

Mar 14, 2011 | 1997 Mercury Cougar XR7

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Ignition key doesn't turn, gear shift stuck in park


Check under your dash at the levers for the Brake pedal. There are some Interlock switches that get hit by feet fairly regularly. The switch that makes the gearshift unlock is on the Brake pedal.You have to have your foot on the brake to shift out of Park.

When the shifter is stuck you will not be able to remove your Key from the Ignition. You need to press on the Brake and then try to get the trigger on the shifter to move into Park. Once in Park everything will be okay.

Feb 08, 2011 | 1997 Mercury Sable

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What would be the reason for the key not to come out of the ignition and the car not shift from park without pushing a button one the bottom of the shifter on a 97 grand prix


There may be a brake pedal switch sensor that determines when you have the brake applied. Normally if the pedal is down the pedal switch activates and removes a "lock" that would keep the shifter from moving.

Ordinarily when this happens you have to physically move the lock or replace or adjust the brake pedal switch to get the shifter to move freely.

If the car is not in "PARK" properly (the transmission can be in another gear even if the shifter "seems" to be in park - this would require an adjustment in the shift linkage) then the key won't turn to start.
Likewise until it is "properly" in park or neutral you may have difficulty locking the steering column and removing the key.

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I can''t move gear level from parking position


Press a key into the little slot near the shifter,its a park lock over ride,the park lock is released when you press the brake pedal normally,its a safety feature that stops you moving the shifter when your foots not on the brake

Nov 15, 2009 | 1995 Honda Civic

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2002 Turbo VW Beetle


start by putting trans in nutral (with e brake on) than turn the key just short of turning on the ing press the brake andyou will need to grabe the shifter with the right hand and the key with the left hand now turn key just enough to move shifter slightly out of nutral right between nutral and drive it might a couple of trys but you will get it.

Sep 11, 2009 | 2000 Volkswagen Beetle

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Gear shifter is not moving when u press on break


center console shifter? if so, likely could be a misadj shift cable, you can pull loose top cover per instruction maneul tells you how to get out of park till you can get it adj, or repaired

Apr 01, 2009 | 2004 Ford F150

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1995 Cadillac SlS Shift lever knob will not move, seems frozen.


Put your parking brake on. Remove console panel. Put foot on brake. Turn ignition key to on position (Do NOT start vehicle!). Locate park lock cable (Parallel to drivers right knee). Press down on that cable with left hand while attempting to move shifter with right hand. Replace that cable if shifter moves out of park.

Feb 23, 2009 | 1995 Cadillac Seville

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