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Could not move column gear shift out of park on an automatic 98 econoline .

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Check the brake switch. It should have four wires connected to it. Two for the brake lights, the other two for the shifter solenoid. Short the two wires that activate the solenoid. If the shifter solenoid activates when you short the wires, replace the brake switch. Otherwise the shifter solenoid maybe the problem. Also there is a manual release somewhere. It is usually a hole where you can stick a screwdriver into it. The hole maybe covered with a cap.

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The Key FOB is stuck in the ignition. How can I get it to eject?


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Linear Shift Assembly: If the vehicle is equipped with a column mounted gear shift, it has a linear shift assembly on the steering column. The linear shift assembly has a cable that runs from the linear shift assembly to the ignition lock cylinder case. The purpose of this cable is to prevent the ignition key from being turned to the OFF position when the transmission is in gear and the vehicle may still be moving. The linear shift assembly cable contains a pin that is spring loaded to mechanically prevent the ignition key cylinder from being turned to the lock position when the vehicle transmission is not in the PARK position. If vehicle power is lost, and/or the transmission is not in the PARK position the operator will not be able to turn the ignition key to the lock position and will not be able to remove the ignition key from the column.
Your best bet is to take it to a ASE certified repair shop or the dealer ! The fix involves taking the steering column apart an or the floor shifter assembly ! Also electrical test to determine what is the problem !
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Jul 04, 2015 | 2008 Volvo S80

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The gear shifter on my 1998 Pontiac SE coupe will not unlock so I can take the car out of park


Do you have column or floor shifter ?
All automatic transaxle models use an electric park lock system. Within the housing assembly, a lock cylinder is connected to an actuator which rotates and engages on the electric park lock solenoid. When the floor-shift lever is not in the park position, the actuator disengages from the electric park lock solenoid slider. This allows the lock cylinder to move to the lock position. With the shift lever in PARK and the lock cylinder in LOCK, the actuator cam is positioned against the electric park lock solenoid slider. This prevents the shift lever from shifting out of the PARK position.
The column-shift automatic transaxle model uses a flexible cable actuator instead of an electric park lock system. One end of the cable is attached to the gate assembly. The other end of the cable is attached to the column mounted housing assembly. This system functions similarly to the floor-shift ignition lock system.
The manual transaxle model uses a push button lock cylinder. A clutch start switch is used. The clutch pedal must be pressed before the engine will crank. Refer to Park Lock System Check .
CAN you turn the key on ?
The gear selector does not shift out of PARK with the brake pedal depressed and the ignition switch in RUN.
Automatic Transmission Shift Lock Control Always On with Ignition in Run
Action
Value(s)
Yes
No

1

Was the BTSI System Check performed?
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Go to Step 2
Go to Automatic Transmission Shift Lock Control System Check

2

Is this a column shift vehicle?
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Go to Step 3 yes
Go to Step 4 no

3

  1. Move the gear selector to the PARK position.
  2. Disconnect the automatic transaxle control connector
  3. Turn the ignition switch to RUN.
  4. Connect the test lamp between terminal B and ground.
Does the test lamp light?
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Go to Step 4
Go to Step 8

4

  1. Disconnect the brake switch connector C2.
  2. Move the ignition switch to RUN.
Can you shift the transaxle out of the PARK position?
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Go to Step 5
Go to Step 8

5

Is the brake switch adjusted properly?
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Go to Step 6
Go to Step 7

6

Replace the brake switch.
Is the repair complete?
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System OK
--

7

Adjust the brake switch.
Is the repair complete?
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System OK
--

8

  1. Disconnect the BTSI solenoid connector (column shift vehicles) or disconnect the automatic transaxle control connector (console shift vehicles).
  2. Move the ignition switch to RUN.
Can you shift the transaxle out of the PARK position?
--
Go to Step 9
Go to Step 10

9

Repair the short to power in CKT 1135.
Is the repair complete?
--
System OK
--

10

Test for sticking or binding in the shift linkage.
Does the shift linkage stick or bind?
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Go to Step 11
Go to Step 12

11

Repair the shift linkage.
Is the repair complete?
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System OK
--

12

Replace the BTSI solenoid (column shift vehicles) or replace the automatic transaxle control (console shift vehicles).
Is the repair complete?
--
System OK
Go to Step 1

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98 Suburban 5.7L, automatic trans is stuck in park - no previous shifting problems, I know that the brake switch also operates the brake/transmission solenoid (BTS). Stepping on the brake pedal prior to...


There is an interlock device that prevents the transmission from being shifted without the brake being applied. Either the device failed when you last parked it or the electrical connector(if applicable) became disconnected).
If it's column shift, then dismantle the area around the steering column. ALWAYS disconnect the battery negative (ground) before working around the steering column. It's possible to set an air bag off and get your neck broken. No kidding.
If it's floor shift, still disconnect the battery negative. Can't be too safe around air bags.
Those interlocks are a bear. Most of them have a bypass, where you can insert a screwdriver, or a key (careful), and mechanically disable it. Look for a slot or small opening around the shifter. They have to have the bypass so tow truck drivers can move cars w/o the key.
Keep trying. You'll find it.

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Have a 2003 Dodge Intrepid. I can't get the shifter on the column to move out of park even when I move the steering wheel up,down & side to side. Is it the cable, the link, what?


The shifter needs to be inspected. The shifter assembly is got misaligned, it has to be open and realign.


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Nov 28, 2012 | 2000 Dodge Intrepid

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Gear stick will not move from park !


Make sure you car is actually in PARK, Easy to do, Just disengage the parking brake (emergency brake) and attempt to push your car both forward and reverse to ensure your car isnt in neutral. If you cant budge the vehicle your good to go! If it rolls forward it may be in neutral or a forward gear. if it rolls backwards it may be in neutral or reverse. If it rolls both directions its in neutral. On that note if it moves at all skip to the third step (***) and make sure the transmissions shift bracket is in the park possition. Depending on your cars transmission model the parking gear is located all the way left to the farthest possition or all the way right to the farthest possition) One direction will put you in Park, the other in will put you in 1st gear, If your in 1st gear the linkage should be too far away from the shift plate to connect if your column says you are in park. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO START YOUR CAR WHILE IT IS IN A DRIVE GEAR AND THE LINKAGE IS DISCONNECTED IF YOU ARE ABLE TO START YOUR CAR IN ITS CURRENT STATE DO NOT MOVE THE TRANSMISSIONS SHIFT BRACKET UNTIL LATER IN THIS INSTRUCTIONAL!!!!!

* Floor shift automatic, the push pin lever (located inside your shifter/gear stick) may be malfunctioning. You have to pop the grip off and inspect the white plastic pin inside the shaft to see if it is damaged, also check inside the grip while you press the safety release (shift lock button) to ensure the internal slide mechanics are propperly working). Also check for anything obstructing the levers movement inside the floor housing.

** Column Shift. Make sure your pull pin lock is working properly (disengages the shift lock when you pull back the gear shift before you select a gear) if its broke theres two possible behaviors you'll experiance -1. You cant pull the gear shift back at all or -2. No effort or less than normal effot is required to pull back the gear shift. If all that checks out then you have to inspect the steering column linkage bar (you may have to remove some of the steering column housing to view it. Make sure the bar isn't bent or that its movement isnt obstructed.

***Automatic Transmission Linkage Check - Look under the kick panel located above the gas and brake pedals.........Once linkage is located under the dash (kick panel) disconnect it and try the gear shift. If the cable moves under the dash then reconnect it and move on to the next step.
Now block the wheels and climb under the car and disconnect the linkage from the transmission and have someone work the gear shift while you see if the cable is operating propperly, if the linkage moves (as it should) then try shifting the transmission back and fourth by hand while the linkage is disconnected., If the shift bracket feels stiff or is dirty clean it off with non corosive chemicals so you dont damage any seals. If the bracket operates smoother go ahead and reconnect the linkage and try shifting with the column again. Be sure to move the shift bracket back to the park position and make sure your shifter column is in park as well before you reconnect the linkage, if you dont you are sure to run into more issues.

Hope this helps you out! If all the mentioned area's above are in working order then your problem is with the car's transmission and you should take it to a speciallist.

Feb 03, 2011 | 1995 Jaguar XJ-R

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98 saturn won't shift out of park


There is a switch on the brake pedal,that activates a solenoid in the steering column,and the shifter,that releases them,either the switch,on the pedal,or the solenoid,are bad.

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Automatic transmission, gear stuck in park. How


open the gear shift from in the car and you should shh the locking bar that stops the gear lever from being moved when the brake pedal isnt pressed have you any more details also is the battery dead when your trying to move it

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My 1996 Ford Econoline van manual gear shift goes into reverse when in the park position. It will go into drive in the nuteural position.


More than likely the shift indicator is broken. It has a small retainer that is held to the steering column that breaks and throws the indicator out of alignment. In some instances (rare) the tube and guide that are on the top of the steering column break or become loose.

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1996ford econ Shifting gear problem


Almost definately, follow the shift linkages down the column and under the bonnet get a buddy to move them while you are looking the worn parts will be very obvious. quite involved to repair if it all needs to be overhauled, may be best to be left to an experianced tech, unless you have relevent experience. it wont start somtimes because the inhibitor switch is on the linkage.

Dec 23, 2008 | 1996 Ford Econoline

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