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Car starts and runs fine. Wont shift out of park. Tried looking for vacuum line unsuccessfully. Shifter moves freely, but doesn't engage other gears or neutral.

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  • Christopher Foulkes May 11, 2010

    Does it feel like anything in the transmission is moving when you move the shifter? Sounds like the shifter isn't connected to the transmission. Take a look under the hood and look for the shifter cable to see if it's actually moving the lever on the transmission.

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