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Car is stuck in park

I have a 2008 dodge avenger that will not move out of park. It has been making wheezing noises for about a month off and on.

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If the override works (see owners manual) than it's the brake switch or solenoid. If it doesn't than the spring come off the park/neutral safety switch. Replace the spring on the hot pink lever inside the shifter assembly.

Posted on Jul 30, 2010

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Either brake switch or park/neutral safety switch is bad.

Posted on Sep 12, 2009

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