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Relay switch for brake wont work. It says break to shift but when i press the break down the light wont go off and the shift wont switch into gear

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The shift lock solenoid has gone bad. it is mounted under the shift console

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follow the brake pedal up the metal arm until you see a little switch pressed against the metal arm.
When the brakes are pressed, the switch button extends and unlocks the shift lever and turns on the brake lights.
It is common for a little plastic piece to deteriorate and break away, causing the brake lights to stay on and can damage the shift lock solenoid.
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Look under the dash at the switch by your brake pedal. This switch must work for the gearshift to come out of Park. It is also the reason your brake lights do not work.

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My wife had 2007 suzuki forenza with the same problem , I look it over, the problem was the brake light switch. I Bought a new one at suzuki dealer in orlando for $15.10 part # 37740-86z21 and replaced it my self , it took less than 5 munites to replace.works great now.The reason the gear would not shift out of park is that the brake switch has to send a signal to the relay switch on the gear shifter to remove the shift lock .If this switch is not working it can not send that signal to the relay.Another way you can tell it is the brake light switch is that your rear brake light would not work .You can also bypass this and use your car until you get the brake light switch , here how .look at your gear shifter and locate a small oval shaped cut out (it may have shift lock written next to it ).take a small flat screw driver or some thing Similar and pry out that little plastic incert .Then when you start your car and you are about to shift out of park place a key of any a small screw flat driver into the hole and push down and shift out of park.Once out of park you can shift to any gear if you return the shifter to park you would have to incert the screw driver again.If you need to locate the brake light switch just follow your brake pedal up under the dash board it will be a small white plastic switch attached above the btrke pedal .IT is very simple to replace ,when you locate it just twist it anti clock wise and it will come off , then press the clip in the plug and remove the brake switch from the wire harness.To replace the new one just press the brake pedal down place the switch back where the old one came off and twist clock wise until it snaps into place.and replace the wire plug.REMBER When you get your new brake switch DO NOT press it down or it will get stuck.IF this happens just pull it back it out.and do not buy this part at any auto parts store because the connecter woul be smaller .go to a suzuki dealer ....THEN WHEN YOU FIX THIS PROBLEM GET RID OF THE CAR THIS IS ONLY THE START FOR PROBLEMS TO COME ...GOOD LUCK..

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