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Cannot put car in gear.

The car starts and the shoe on the gearbox lights up and I cannot put the car into gear. I do have my foot on the brake.

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First, check that the brake lights are working, if they are not , then check the fuse. If the brake lights are working , then check the switch that is connected to the brake pedal, that the wires are good connections.If they look ok, then cross the 2 wires at the switch and try the gear selector, if it works, then its the switch thats faulty, if not then it could be the actuator on the gear selector mechanism thats faulty. Hope trhat helps

Posted on Feb 05, 2010

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I had this problem with my car the brake light switch at the brake pedal was bad. I still had brake lights but it wasn't sending the signal to let you move the shifter.

Posted on Feb 05, 2010

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