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I cannot get my car out of park. it is an automatic. I tried to partially turn the key with no avail. Any suggestions?

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  • mylookskillt Jul 14, 2009

    yes

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    joecoolvette May 11, 2010

    Did you step on the brake first?

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WELL BATTERY MUST BE GOOD AND BRAKE SWITCH TO RELEASE SOLENOID TO UNLOCK OUT OF PARK. WHEN YOU APPLY BRAKE A SOLENOID RELEASES SHIFTER TO ALLOW TO ENGAGE IN OTHER GEARS,MAY BE JAMMED ALSO. CHECK THESE THINGS, BATTERY GOOD AND BRAKE LIGHTS GO ON WITH BRAKE. IF NO SUCCESS POSSIBLE BAD SOLENOID. TRY MOVING IT AROUND AND HIT THE BRAKE WITH KEY ON A FEW TIMES. PLAY WITH IT A BIT.

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