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Won't shift out of park. The button on the shifter won't depress.

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Check the brake pedal is pressed as there is a switch built in so you need to press the brakes to take it out of park. if pedal pressed then check switch at pedal under dashboard, check for power at switch. if power present check switch on gearlever and wiring between the two. if NO power at brake light switch then check for blown fuses hope this helps

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SOURCE: will not shift out of park 95 Buick Regal Gran Sport automatic

you have what is called a btsi, brake trans shift interlock that may be the problem, usually there is a little square cover on the console you can remove and use a screwdriver to depress the latching mechanism to shift the car out of park

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SOURCE: 94 honda accord hard to shift from park

You seem to have two (2) separate problems one may be a BAD brake light switch this switch is mounted at the top of BRAKE pedal and control the locking mechanism on gear shifter(safety component-for example if a kid is sitting in seat with vehicle running he/she will NOT be able to put vehicle in gear without stepping on brake). The other problem is a BAD shifter cable-this cable moves the selector in the transmission when you move shift knob. Good luck and thanks for using FIX YA

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the switch under the shifter is sticking.something might have got spilled.if you can get cover off and take some parts cleaner spray and spray around the switch this should loosen the switch up this happens more frequently than you might think good luck!

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SOURCE: GEO TRACKER AUTO shifter does not release from park

I found this online. Check to see if you have back brake lights. If not the fuse for them also triggers the gear release.

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