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HOW DO I GET THE SHIFT LOCK IN 1998 SUBARU FORESTER TO RELEASE?

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  • lbarrus Jun 02, 2010

    Was able to put it in neutral - transmission shop coming to get it. Thaks.

  • lbarrus Jun 02, 2010

    Was able to put it in neutral - transmission shop coming to get it. Thaks.

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Are the brake light workning?

Posted on May 28, 2010

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  • lbarrus May 28, 2010

    YES

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    yadayada May 28, 2010

    Hello, as you know this is a safety feature so as to not put in gear without hitting brake. You may have a bad brake switch. Check for brake lights. In the meantime, there maybe a small cutout opening about size of dime located near shifter. Pop off little cover and insert screwdriver to move solenoid arm while trying to push button and move from park. I put a pic below. You are trying to move the actiuator solenoid. If you have the owners manual, it iwll explain how to over ride "shift interlock" as well as 911 to move out of park.
    Below is a diagram of the system




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    yadayada May 28, 2010

    this is another post for same problem

  • lbarrus May 28, 2010

    No hole in top cover, removed cover, there is a hole, pressed down in the hole but nothing happened.

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 28, 2010

    then something is jamming the linkage and keeping it from releasing, you will need to pull the top of the shift console and manually release the lock rod

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