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My 1994 carolla will not shift out of park.

I start the car ignition with no problem. But when I depress the brake and press the shifter lock knob with my thumb, it (thumb-knob) will not move. Thus I cannot shift out of park.

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There is a solenoid located under the shifter housing that releases the shifter lock once the break is pressed. One of two three things has likely happened. One, there is gunk or syrup on the solenoid from spilled coffee or soda on it and it needs to be cleaned with alcohol. Two, the solenoid is bad and needs to be replaced. Three, the linkage has popped off or broke and needs to be repaired.

You can override the switch if you need to.

You will need to take the housing off around the shifter and find the solenoid. There is usually a manual override switch that you can push to get it to release. Sometimes it is an off color like pink or red.

Posted on Jul 19, 2009

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There is a square plastic tab to the left of the shift lever. Pry it off with a flathead screwdriver. Underneath is the shift lock button. Hold it down with the screwdriver. You should be able to move the lever.

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