'97 Subaru stuck in park! Come on, give me a break!
I have checked fuses, brake solenoid, and shift lock solenoid. I have tried shift override. Still stuck in park! It seems that the rod that should move down when I push the shift button doesn't really move. Why would it be stuck? Will I do serious damage by trying to force it to move? I have shot plenty of liquid wrench in there.
This problem started giving me trouble over a period of weeks. First it took me a few minutes, then 10 minutes to get it out of park. Sometimes though no problem at all. Now it is stuck it seems for good. I haven't been able to drive my car for 2 and a half weeks.
I need help!! Any suggestions are appreciated!! Thanks, Mark
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check battery volts should be 12.5 volts,if yes check see if you have rear brake lights.if no replace brake light fuse.if brake light fuse okay a faulty brake light switch or shift lock solenoid not working,when you apply brake the electrical circuit goes to shift lock solnoid so you can get transmission out of park.shift solenoid located centerconsole located near gear position indicator.
Your shift-lock solenoid is not working. The solenoid is controlled by your brake lamp circuits. The first thing to do is to check your brake lamps to see if they are working.
If the brake lamps are working, the solenoid is most likely defective. If the brake lamps are not working, then you need to diagnose your brake lamp circuits to get your shifter working. Most likely cause would be the brake lamp switch or a short in the system that has caused the brake lamp fuse to blow.
Park is locked unless the park interlock safety system senses you are stepping on the brake pedal, the lock out solenoid is powered by the brake light circuit, so the very first thing to do is check and see if you have working brake light.
CHECK BRAKE LIGHT SWITCH AND FUSE.IF ALL IS GOOD, YOU HAVE A FAULTY BRAKE AND TRANSMISSION SHIFT LOCK SOLENOID.IF BROKEN OR NO POWER GOING TO IT FROM THE BRAKE LIGHT SWITCH.CAR WILL NOT SHIFT OUT OF PARK.
Check your brake lights and see if they are working. The solenoid in the shifter is energized by you stepping on the brake. If your break lights do not work... your stuck in park. This can be caused by a bad brake light switch located above your brake pedal or.... a blown hazard / brake light fuse. Check them first.....
I believe this vehicle is equipped with a shift lock that necessitates depressing the brake pedal before it can be shifted out of "Park". This is a safety feature designed into almost every car made nowadays to prevent unintended movement of the vehicle when shifting out of "Park". The Shift Lock solenoid is triggered by the brake light switch located near the top of the brake pedal arm. Starting with the "basics", check to see if the brake lights are working (they should illuminate when the brake pedal is pressed. If the brakes lights do not come on. then proceed to check the brake/stop light fuse. Replace if needed. Once the brake lights are functioning, the shift lock should "disengage" and allow you to shift out of "Park" when the brake pedal is pressed. If the fuses are okay, but still no brake lights, then the Brake Light Switch may need to be replaced.
Brake lights working but won't shift out of "Park"? Check for a separate fuse for the Shift Lock Solenoid. Replace if needed. Otherwise the Shift Lock Solenoid may need to be replaced. This will require disassembly of the console to access the part.
first have somebody check if the brake lights at the rear of the van are working when you apply the brake pedal if they dont its a fuse for the brake lights if they do work its more than likely a shift lock solenoid