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Won't come out of park. You can hear click when brake pushed

No rod on shifter it is electric.Just kept trying to shift. parked on level

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You should get your hands on a Chilton/Haynes repair manual that covers your year/make/model. There is a trouble shooting section that will answer this question and tell/show you how to fix it. It sounds as though either a sensor or switch has failed.

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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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the switch under the shifter is sticking.something might have got spilled.if you can get cover off and take some parts cleaner spray and spray around the switch this should loosen the switch up this happens more frequently than you might think good luck!

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it is probably a problem with the ignition switch.

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Check first if all of your brake lights are working.

The issue could be mechanical in nature. The locks on the shifter may not be releasing the lever. You will have to inspect it by removing the center console and getting into it. Inspect the linkages and you may want to move it yourself to see if there are loose connections. The shift interlock actuator is also found in the same area. This is the one that releases the shifter. IT may have gone bad.

There is one item that may be the possible source of the issue, which is found under the dash at the brake pedal. The solenoid may have gone bad.

Posted on Jul 23, 2011

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