Question about 1999 Toyota Avalon
Key wont turn and brake wont engage. gears can be change using the reset button. believe the mechanic forced the car into park from neutral position to park without depressing brake thus causing the ignition to lock up.
Hi Beth usually when shifter is stuck there is a locking mechanism and keeps shifter from engaging unless brake is depressed to release the lock. If you hear a clicking sound when pedal is depressed then switch is probably ok and its probably the steering wheel lock. First try with your spare key to start the vehicle(old key may be worn ). If that doesn't do it then try with WD 40 a very little in ignition key hole or on the key work it slowly and see what happens. If none of these suggestions work its probably the steering wheel lock and that requires surgery. Keep me post best of luck
Posted on Mar 27, 2014
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
There is a solenoid located under the shifter housing that releases the shifter lock once the break is pressed. One of two three things has likely happened. One, there is gunk or syrup on the solenoid from spilled coffee or soda on it and it needs to be cleaned with alcohol. Two, the solenoid is bad and needs to be replaced. Three, the linkage has popped off or broke and needs to be repaired.
You can override the switch if you need to.
You will need to take the housing off around the shifter and find the solenoid. There is usually a manual override switch that you can push to get it to release. Sometimes it is an off color like pink or red.
Posted on Jul 19, 2009
Have you tried depressing the " Brake pedal", turning steering wheel to centre position and then placing lever into PARK, before attempting to remove key?
Posted on Nov 12, 2009
Toyota Corolla Wiring Diagram 1998 |
If you go to your library you can look for free. Just not sure of location of of neutral safety switch for your year of car. In the back of motor manual is wire diagrams you will find switch there. Also GEO Prism is the same car.
Posted on Jun 04, 2010
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