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Chevy malibu the car won't come out of park when running,pressing down on gas doesn't help.something happens with the locks when it releases

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It sounds as if the linkage became disconnected. If it does not go into any gear and will not shift. The best way to locate this problem is from under the hood look along the top of the transmission for a swing arm that should have a rod attached to it. Reconnect the rod. If it is connected follow the rod and see if there are any breaks along the way. If it is attached all the way to the shifter the problem has to be electrical and will show a code for the check engine light. Retrieve the code and that will show the problem if it is not the linkage.

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On most or possibly all newer vehicles you have to depress the brake pedal before shifting into drive or any other gear for that matter. There is a switch under the dash and connected to the brake pedal lever that sends a signal to the shifter to release and allow it to move into drive. It may even be incorporated with the brake light activation switch as well. You should be able to look at it and see if anything obious may be the culprit such as a lose or broken wire. Good luck!

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