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1997 corolla stuck in park. Car starts and wheel turns but shifter and shifter button will not move. I'm thinking shift solenoid or break interlock.

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Hi. Begin by turning off car and inserting key, turn it on but don't start it. now try to move shifter to neutral. Most likely the problem lies in the ignition switch or the solenoid. Try rocking the car and then see if it will shift. If it does, drive it to a transmission shop like AAMCO and get the computer scanned. J.

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  • labt13 Jul 22, 2010

    Tried rocking the car to shift to neutral without luck.

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