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Car won't shift out of park

I start the car. put foot on the brake. try to shift, it won't shift out of park. the brake lights work. what should I do?

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Look on the console around the shift lever to see if there is a button marked Shift Lock or Shift Release. Push this button while trying to shift.

Posted on Nov 21, 2014

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    Todd Arndt Nov 21, 2014

    Tace899 is absolutely Correct in his recommendation but I was going to provide you with some additional information. The Shift Interlock is a Safety Feature of newer vehicles and is actuated by either an Electrical Solenoid or some have a Mechanical/Cable that releases the Interlock. From what you have indicated, it appears that the Interlock has ceased to function properly. Under the Brake Pedal, I would inspect to see if you have accidently unplugged or damaged the Actuator on the FRONT SIDE of the Pedal, it has a Plunger, I would also look for a cable that has been released but more than likely, you will need to bring it to the mechanic. I wish you luck.

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    tace899 Nov 21, 2014

    Thanks Todd, I was going to go into the detail and decided against it. The best, as you say, is to call in a techie.

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The shift lock solenoid is mounted on the side of transmission , check for power in the Dk Grn/Wht wire when the brake is applied. if you have power replace the shift lock solenoid , if no power is present then you need to trace the Dk Grn/ Wht wire back to the brake pedal switch to find the open curcuit

Posted on Nov 21, 2014

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    Todd Arndt Nov 21, 2014

    Actually, the NEUTRAL SAFETY SWITCH is mounted on the side of the Transmission, the Shift Interlock is actually in the Center Console and is part of the Shift Lever.

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Check the fuse for the shift interlock solenoid. This is an electric part which locks the shift mechanism.

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785c390.gif IS THIS THE FUSE THAT IS BLOWING? ERLS FUSE?THE KEY WILL FEEL A LITTLE WARM AFTER LONG TIME.YOU WILL NEED TO CHECK EACH ONE OF THESE CIRCUITS TO DETERMINE PROBLEM

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SOURCE: 1997 Pontiac Sunfire (automatic) transaxle

I do not know what you are looking at in the manual, but you probably heard a horrible noise when you put it into park, as the parking pawl tries to hold the car in place. Thist usually does not harm the transaxle. If the engine won't start then something else happened, perhaps the neutral safety switch was damaged or knocked out of adjustment. You might try to move the shifter back and forth and then back into park and then try to restart. If that doesn't work try to put the car in neutral to start. If you must have the car towed somewhere the repair should not be expensive, just have them reset the neutral safety switch.

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SOURCE: 2002 Grand Prix will not shift out of park.

Check all fuses and make sur eyou don't have a blown fuse, first if they are all good then there is a switch on the top of the brake paedal that releases the lock on the shift (Its a safety so that if a kid is in the car with out pressing on brake they could engage the shift to drive) THat switch may be bad. Godd Luck

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SOURCE: 1998 grand am parking brake light wont go of. cant shift from par

Sounds to me if it has rear disc brakes you have 1 or 2 bad calipers

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SOURCE: Parking Brake Indicator Light stays on. My 1988...

pull the breck release and kick it at the same time same thing i had to do hey it worked for me

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