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Can't shift out of park, button on shifter won't push in

I have to keep pressing the button on the shifter over and over and over then it gives in and I can shift it from park. Sometimes I have to keep pressing up to about 20-25 times. There is no problem with the button when I put it in reverse, neutral, drive. It's only when it's in Park.

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  • rgodek1 Jul 01, 2009

    It actually worked! I am so thankful! Wow, thanks!

    I drove all over town today and used the screwdriver trick at each stop. Thanks again!

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Assuming u do always press on brake pedal before shifting out of park,on passinger side of shifter theres a little cover beside shifter u can take off and insert screw driver in,it will bypass lock mechanism!

Posted on Jun 30, 2009

  • carhob Jul 02, 2009

    youre welcome!

  • jeffyg123 Sep 03, 2011

    I opened the little tab, stuck a screwdriver in and don't feel a thing to release the mechinism, help please........

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Holy ****! This worked on my car as well, thank you very very very much :)

Posted on Nov 08, 2009

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