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My car is making a clicking noise on the inside. its by the shifter and ashtray. not excatly what it is. my friend said it might be a relay switch?

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Typically the shift interlock solenoid is there.
If you're experiencing while driving - the brake pedal may be sagging - activating the solenoid... or the solenoid may have a loose/damaged wire.

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