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You may have to rock the car if it is on a hill. If it is not then there is a switch on the brake pedal that unlocks the gear shifter when the brake is pressed. If the switch broke or came loose then it wont let the shift lever move.
Hi Jenn. All vehicles have a shifter interlocker system , it's a safety feature that won't allow the shifter to be put into gear ,unless the drivers foot is pressing the brake pedal . Do your brake lights work ? This is just a general idea on how it works , because all car makes don't do it the same ! On the brake pedal under the dash is a switch an when you press the brake pedal it allows power to go to a solenoid unlocking the shifter ,allowing the driver to put the vehicle into gear ! You would need to find a wiring diagram so you could check voltage at the brake switch , into an out of the brake switch with the pedal pushed ! Then find the lock out solenoid an see if power is being applied to it ! Hope this helps
check the fuses
if one of the door locks is damaged or in opt. than the rest of the unit will not work until you find the issue and fix it., the fuse link is on every device and if one short open than the rest of the unit will not work.
the unit in the shifter maybe also bad or in opt.
the wiring is broken or open some where
Does it go into the lock position ? Will the shifter go into the park position ? Is it a automatic transmission ?
Electronic Park Lock (EPL)/Ignition Lock Cylinder Control Actuator: If the vehicle is equipped with automatic transmission and a floor mounted console gear shift, it has an ignition lock cylinder control actuator system in the steering column. The ignition lock cylinder control actuator purpose is to prevent the ignition key from being turned to the OFF position when the transmission is in any position other than PARK and the vehicle may still be moving. The column ignition lock system consists of an ignition lock cylinder control actuator, and a park position switch that is located in the automatic transmission shift lock control switch. The ignition lock cylinder control actuator contains a pin that is spring loaded to mechanically prevent the ignition key cylinder from being turned to the lock position when the vehicle transmission is not in the PARK position. If vehicle power is lost, and/or the transmission is not in the PARK position the operator will not be able to turn the ignition key to the lock position and will not be able to remove the ignition key from the column.
There should be a hole in the bottom of plastic steering cover or a rubber cover that comes out . you can stick your finger up there an there is a button you push that will allow you to take out the key ! 2006 chevy cobalt How to fix key being stuck in the ignition2006 Impala shifter problems
Sounds like the shifter lock out system has a problem. There is a solenoid that will not allow the shifter to move out of park until the brake pedal is pressed. There is a switch that closes when you step on the brakes that allows the solenoid to disengage and the shifter to move. Check your fuses first. If not a fuse you need a wiring diagram and a volt meter to test.
when you shut it off were the wheels cranked sideways-sometimes this puts pressure on the locking system and won't let it disengage-try moving the steering wheel back and forth while applying pressure to the key-I hope this helps-cheers Denny
Could be the brake light switch or the solenoid that locks the shifter in park. Sometimes there is a button or tab near the shifter to unlock it in an emergency. Sometimes you can take it out of park if you turn the key but not to the on position. Your owners manual should have these procedures, and you can do an internet search for the process to take the console out if needed.
on most cars when u step on the brake pedal youll hear a "click" near the center console which is the shift solenoid releasing the "lock" on the floor shifter allowing the shifter to come out of park.check to make sure all the fuses are good and check the brake lite switch(es) and wiringfrom brake lite switch to shifter solenoid.a wiring diagram always helps.