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The shifter gets stuck in park, the botton doesn't respond to the brake, is this an electronic relay or is it a cable?

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Actually this is a common problem and an easy fix. It is usually a safety switch located under the brake pedal. When you press the brake pedal, you engage the switch allowing the shifter to move. Most local parts store has the safety switch in stock

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