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1990 civic will not release from park. Brake lights are working and I checked the shift unlock solenoid and it is functional. What else could it be? I've checked all fuses and they are all good.

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  • Jon Rhoades
    Jon Rhoades Dec 16, 2016

    The lock pin is working perfectly. The solenoid at the shifter has a green and yellow wire going to it. When the key is on, the yellow sends 12 volts to the solenoid, but there is no ground. If I send the green wire to ground, it activates the solenoid. I have to assume that when the brakes are applied, it should close the ground circuit, but that's not happening.

  • yadayada
    yadayada Dec 17, 2016

    Not sure what is going on here, I read that you said the park release solenoid works fine??

  • Jon Rhoades
    Jon Rhoades Dec 17, 2016

    It is functional, meaning if I ground the green wire going to it, that activates the park release solenoid. But it will not activate on it's own.

  • Jon Rhoades
    Jon Rhoades Dec 20, 2016

    I never did find out why the shifter solenoid wasn't getting a ground to shift out of park. So I wired in a permanent ground to the green wire. What this did is when the ignition switch is turned on, it activates the solenoid so I am able to shift out of park. All this does is take the brake pedal out of the scenario.

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The lock pin is sticking in the shifter.

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  • Jon Rhoades
    Jon Rhoades Dec 16, 2016

    The lock pin is working perfectly. The solenoid at the shifter has a green and yellow wire going to it. When the key is on, the yellow sends 12 volts to the solenoid, but there is no ground. If I send the green wire to ground, it activates the solenoid. I have to assume that when the brakes are applied, it should close the ground circuit, but that's not happening.

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