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Stuck in park. What could be the problem?

I parkd my vehicle and the next day i was not able to move the car out of park. I tried to push it out..Did not work...Brake lights are fine as the parking brakes are fine as well...What could be the problem?

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There is a "safety" Shift interlock.... that prevents the transmission from being shifted out of park without pressing the brake.

Either the microswitch that activates the solenoid has failed or is out of adjustment/broken... or the solenoid, itself, has failed.

There should be a manual override near the shifter. usually a rubber plug that is easily removable. Inside will be a button to manually unlock the shifter.

Check your owner's manual for the exact location.

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Chris: According to MyAutomaticTransmission.com: "Shifter Lever

Recognizing that you might one day find yourself in such a predicament, vehicle manufacturers incorporated a quick and easy method for manually releasing a shifter stuck in Park. Follow these 4 simple steps.

1. Set the emergency brake.

2. Locate the shifter lock override slot located on the shifter console near the shifter lever. Normally, the slot is plugged with a small plastic cap.

3. Remove the plastic cap covering the override slot and insert a key, nail file or similarly shaped object into the slot and push down.

4. While pushing down, depress the brake pedal, grab the shifter and push in the shifter lock button located on the shifter as you normally do and then move the shifter to the Neutral position. With the brake pedal still depressed, start the engine with the shifter in the Neutral position.

NOTE: If the shifter lever will still not move, repeat the process making sure to press down firmly on the locking mechanism and the brake pedal simultaneously as you attempt to move the shifter lever.


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