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Shift lever stuck in low. Since it won't go in P can't get key out. Something feels jammed. Have tried to wiggle the key and shifter together but it feels locked solid in low. It's in low because my son said he couldn't get it in park to get his key out. He tried moving the shifter through the ranges and when he hit low it stuck there.

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  1. this is a pic of what you looking for try to pop lincage off and put in to park then free up the cabel
  2. Shift lever stuck in low. - 68cd894.jpg
  3. this will be on driver sid tords the middle to back of motor

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