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I recently got a 98 oldscutlass.the shifter will not come out of park, there is a locked light on the dash and it will not start unless i use starter fluid on it.then it will start but then stall out.

As a side note, the radio also displayed "locked" when key turned to on position, but i have been able to fix that by reprogramming..

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    Nicky Ball Dec 16, 2016

    Yea security light on dash. Nothing with get the shifter out of park and won't start without starter fluid directly to it then stalls as soon as fumes run through

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Shifter not coming out park could be a problem with the shifter interlock system . Won't let driver shift into gear unless foot is pressing the brake pedal down .
locked light on ? Do you mean SECURITY light is lit on the instrument cluster . Anti-theft system disables fuel injectors if there is a problem .

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