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1993 sable.. can't get it out of park - 1993 Mercury Sable

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Possible that your safety switch is stuck. When you step on the brake with the engine running or the key in the run position, you should hear a slight click coming from the console under the gear shifter. If you hear this click at least you know that signal is getting to the switch. If you don't hear the click the problem is probably electrical. There is a small plug in the top of the console near the shifter. Remove the plug and try to insert a long nail or small screwdriver blade down into the hole. When you feel resistance continue to lightly apply pressure. By doing this you are attempting to manually overide the safety switch. Try to shift the car out of park while you are applying pressure with the nail or screwdriver. (Have parking brake set). I believe there is a section on this in the owners manual also. If you do hear it but it won't come out of gear, remove the console (very easy, can be done with a phillips screwdriver) Two screws at rear of console, two in the middle after you remove the rear section and a couple of push pins in the front. After console is removed you will be able to see under the shifter. On the passenger side you will see the safety switch. Try to move the safety switch linkage back and forth with your finger. If it moves easily it could be a bad switch. If it is very hard to move then the pivot for the linkage may be rusty and too difficult for the safety switch to move. This can be easily fixed by applying some WD40 to the pivot. It is located in the very bottom of the shifter assembly. You may be able to spray some into the well without removing the shifter if you have an extension tube on your WD40 can.

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