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Car wont shift out of park. does it have a manual a parking, safty switch and where might it be located

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There is a switch under the dash that the brake pedal lever hits. Sometimes a drivers foot can hit this switch and push it away from its mounts.

Just look for a switch that rides the pedal lever when you push down on the pedal. I have seen this problem before, and even fuses have been knocked loose from fuse panels by Drivers feet.

Sometimes Women will put their purse behind the Front console and when they reach to the back floorboard their feet kick up at the fuses and switches under the dash.

Posted on Jul 18, 2010


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