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My gear shifter moves freely up & down without the brake on. The key will not come out but the jeep starts & drives fine

The shift cable under the jeep moves & move the gear shifter all by itself. While not running. The gear shifter button seems to be stuck on & allowing this to happen. The key will not turn back enough to come out but it does enough to turn the engine off

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    Barbara L Pond Apr 01, 2014

    My jeep will start & runs normal. The button on the shifter doesn't work.It won't push in allowing the gear shifter while not running & the key stuck off enough to shut the engine off. Any ideas ?

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