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My car the gear shifter lock up and the key got stuck was fixing the problem and the wires touch so had no power going to my shifter so ran a wire to my lighter aux wire it keep draing my battery how do i get power back to my shifter and my key switch so i can unhook that wire from my lighter so my battery can stay charge .

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Power wire should come from brake lights, should only put power to shifter when brake is pushed. you can run wire from brake light switch

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The solenoid blew for the shifter, it is located I believe on the transmission but they vary in location depending on model. Now that you ground arced the power supply who knows what is wrong. I would suggest you try replacing the original solenoid (which is the only way you can get the shifter to shift and they key out) and if it works good then problem solved, if not then you need to trace your short that you made as well.

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The shifter cable and linkage may be getting sticky. Locate the linkage and cable on the gear selector (transmission side under hood) and spray them with some PB Blaster or WD 40.

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SOURCE: My car won't go in gear

I got same problem when I first got the car (bought used), took me a day to find out one of the fuse blown caused the problem now I always have 10A fuse spare in my glove comparment, check all your fuses (I believe it's an Audio/Clock 10A fuse) will solve your, good luck ...

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There is a pin that goes thru the shift cable that is falling out. Above the window buttons pry the little plastic holder out remove the 2 screws take the plastic off of the sides of the console you will see a black plastic frame with holes in it I cut a larger hole between 2 of the small holes with a hack saw on the driver side. Put the car in neutral drivers seat all the way back pull on the shift button and you will see the pin pull it out with a pair of needle nose pliers. I put 598 black loctite sealant on mine and reinstall. Shift back to park if you can get the key out and the doors unlock you have the pin in the right spot and it is making both switches when in park. You can see if it is on the switches by looking thru the hole where the little holder came out. The pin sticks out about a 1/2" on each side. Good luck

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SOURCE: 1985 chevy k10 no power when i turn the key

Try adjusting the switch on the column. They have slots in them where the bolts go in so you can adjust them by sliding it up or down the column. Pull on the switch where the rod goes in and see if you get anything. Let me know what happens.

Posted on Aug 18, 2009

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