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My 2001 Kia Spectra, automatic transmission, has the shifter stuck in park. Kris Forster

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If your vehicle required brake application prior to shifting out of park your problem exists in the switch at the brake pedal, the solenoid that unlocks the shifter control a fuse or the wiring between them.

Posted on May 30, 2010

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This happened to me when I was picking up my sister at the train station. Until you can get it fixed do this: Put a thin screw driver in small hole next to shifter. It's on the right hand side. This will unlock your shifter. Only a temp fex.

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