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The button on the shifter locks and will not push in until the car has been running or the brakes have been pumped.

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Sounds like a dodgy inhibitor switch.

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There may also be a button you can push in the console to manually unlock it.

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Hi, Check your brake lights, and other lights. On another truck of mine it did that and my brake lights were out so it locked the shifter until I fixed them. Hope you figure it out.

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is engine running,
is key in igntion, where is it, off , on?
is foot on brake pedal
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first off, park lock freezes the shifter in to park, until brakes are applied.
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you step on brake, start car, and the shifter falls to neutral
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My 1995 firebird shifter will not lock when key is off

I know this is an old question but I'll answer for the sake of the other 3 bad answers you got. What you describe (Shifter locked until brake applied with key on) is normal and part of the BTSI (Brake Transmission Shifter Interlock) system. It consists of a solenoid and an arm that attaches to the shift selector assembly and operates as you described until you press the brake. It's a safety feature. The other problem, however, is caused by a disconnected cable that runs from the back of the ignition switch on the top of the steering column (under the dash) down to the shifter. In the old days there was a lock ring that connected to a lever and tab that a rod would hook to to prevent the shifter from moving (column shift) similar on console shifters. On the 95 firebird this is replaced by the cable and if it's disconnected it will allow the shifter to move freely whether or not the ignition is locked, It's mechanical and not a solenoid like the BTSI system. So you'll have to figure out whether the cable is disconnected at the shifter (easy) or the ignition switch on the column (hard). Also note that if you don't get the cable seated all the way into the ignition switch the shifter still won't lock and you may find you can't get your ignition key out of the lock. That's because the cable can interfere with the movement of the ignition switch slider. Hopefully it's just the connection on your shifter which sounds possible since that's where you said you were working. Good Luck!

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Sometimes I can't get the trnsmission out of park. The button to select will not engage

I found that if you take a pencil and poke down in the Shift Lock Override hole located on the shifter console, you should feel slight spring pressure, gently push down until it bottoms out, while holding it down shift the shifter out of park. This is not the fix,but it could allow you to use your car until it can be properly repaired.The actual problem is the shifter lock mechanism is not working properly.

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My 2005 Altima is stuck in park. Automatic transmission, low miles starts right up and steering wheel is not locked. Help please!!!

your owner's manual will tell you how to over-ride the shift lock. ususally there is a hole covered by a plastic piece, next to the shifter. pop out the cover and push the button to shift. The shifter will lock back up in park until you fix the problem. You may want to set the parking brake and use neutral when you park the car instead of " Park". That way you will not have to push the release button-it will eventually break.

make sure your brake lights work; as the shift lock is powered by the brake light fuse-replace as needed.

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What would be the reason for the key not to come out of the ignition and the car not shift from park without pushing a button one the bottom of the shifter on a 97 grand prix

There may be a brake pedal switch sensor that determines when you have the brake applied. Normally if the pedal is down the pedal switch activates and removes a "lock" that would keep the shifter from moving.

Ordinarily when this happens you have to physically move the lock or replace or adjust the brake pedal switch to get the shifter to move freely.

If the car is not in "PARK" properly (the transmission can be in another gear even if the shifter "seems" to be in park - this would require an adjustment in the shift linkage) then the key won't turn to start.
Likewise until it is "properly" in park or neutral you may have difficulty locking the steering column and removing the key.

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My car won't come out park, the shifter is stuck on park. The car will turn on and is running good. The only way to get it out of park is to push the shift locker button every time you want to get it out...

Are the brake lights operating? usually if the brake switch inst working, the shifter doesnt know your foot is on the brake pedal, and locks the shifter.

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Shift gear is stuck on park and can't get it out of gear.

Hi there,

There are multiple things that must all happen in order for the shifter to move from park.

1. Make sure the key ignition switch is in the "Run" position (the position just before the "start" position).

2. Brake pedal is depressed (usually pushed in a couple of inches or more at least to release the button on the shifter).

3. Push in the button on the shifter and pull back (you may need to push the shifter slightly forward or back a little for the button to move freely).

If the button on the shifter still doesn't push in freely, there is a problem with the mechanical lock-out linkage or electronic switch that releases the button lock. Check under the dash area along the brake pedal arm for anything that doesn't look correct.

4. If the car is on an incline/slope/hill, it will put a lot of pressure on the parking pin in the transmission. Usually a strong tug or pull on the shifter will pull it out while you're pushing on the brake pedal to prevent rolling when it releases. Make sure to set the parking/emergency brake first to prevent this next time .

Good Luck!!


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