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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: automatic shift knob stuck in
There are two switches that have to be activated before the park lock is released. The first is on the brake pedal, the second is the thumb button on the shifter. Most often the brake pedal switch is the problem, it can be pushed back and forth in its mount, sometimes it gets pushed to far and no longer switches when the pedal is depressed. You can also use the emergency release and shift out of park anytime. There is a plastic "ring" around the base of the shifter, in most cars it is black, in cars with wood grain trim pieces it is wood grain. The best way to get it out is to unscrew the center console and push it up from the back, you can pry it up buy you may break the tabs that hold it in. When this piece is out, look down at the front of the shifter base, there is a hole a pen will fit down into. If you push a pen, pencil, or any small round straight object down into that hole, it will mechanically release the shifter lock and allow you to get out of park. My daughter drove her 96 Legacy that way for months until I got around to fixing the brake switch.
Posted on Jan 19, 2009
you probably have a fuse or circuit burned. If not the relay that commands the unlock mode when you press the brakes is gone. This is obviously a security device. You shoud get it fixed. If you still want to move your car, you can override this security by removing the plastic cap that is around the transmission shifter inside the car. It looks like a cover. It's press fit. By applying a small pressure sideways you should be able to remove it. You'll see then the base of the shifter. On the right side there should be a mechanical box with a hole. Insert a stick like a robertson screwdriver there, press down while shifting out of park. You'll be able to drive to the garage.
Posted on Feb 17, 2009
there is a rocker switch on the top center of your steering colum that may have gotten turned on
hope this helps.
Posted on Jul 13, 2009
Assuming you are not referring to the pulsation experienced when the anti-lock braking system engages, you should replace the rotors and the pads while you are at it. The days of turning or resurfacing rotors are over. They are cheap.
Posted on Jul 19, 2009
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