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My gear shift is stuck on my 2008 Impala. Where do we look to unlock it when pressing the brakes does not work?

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My 2007 Impala LTZ was stuck in Park. After trying several alternatives, I pressed the traction control button and the shift lever then worked.

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When you turn ignition on it releases a cable that is attached to the shifter also the shifter has a solenoid attached to it that is released when you step on the brake. Both times that I had the problem of button stuck and cant shift out of park the solenoid was sticking and wouldnt release .

Posted on Dec 27, 2008

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