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How do I get the gear to move out of park. Battery went dead, jumped started it, running fine but I can't move the gear shift out of park. wiggled the wheel, pressed on the brake and nothing

Tried pumping and pushing hard on the brake while trying to change gears; tried turning the wheel while trying to change gears; tried turning car off and starting it again and repeated both of these steps. can\'t get it out of park.

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Ignition key stuck do to falyor maybe.

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Check your back brake lights. if they are not working the shifter will not come out of place.

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Testimonial: "You were right about the brake lights which i believe means there is a fuse that has blown. Am going to try one thing today (putting emergency brake on before starting the car and then pushing on brake to see if i can get it into neutral) to avoid a tow. Will let you know if it works. Thanks for the tip!"


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