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My 1998 Tracer is stuck in park. When I push on the brake, the button on the shifter will not push in.

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Hello! It sounds as if your gear shift lock isn't working properly - it should release when you depress the brake pedal. You're not stuck, however. There is a small plastic piece to the side of the gear shift on the console - you can pry this piece up and off, revealing a hole underneath. Insert a screwdriver straight down and you will push on the manual gear shift release button - once you do that you will be able to move the gear shift. This can be caused by a few things - weak battery, or the release button is broken behind the brake pedal.


Hope this helps and good luck!

Posted on Sep 24, 2009

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Try turning the wheel back and forth also. Sometimes this will release the lock

Posted on Sep 24, 2009

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