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My gear shift will not move out of Park..I press on the brake, try to push the button on the gear shift and it will not come out of Park..started off with working after 5-10 attempts...now I spend 15-20 minutes trying to get it out of park

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You have 2 switches on the lock, actually 3. One is the key itself, It is a cable running to the transmission shifter, 2 is on the brake pedal, an electric switch, and 3 is a physical lock run by a solenoid on the shifter itself, It is either worn out, busted switch or the cable is stretched. You can pull the boot off the shifter, find the lock and remove it. Or fix it. I would check the brake pedal switch first, check the fuse if it has one. To find out which one it is, you also have a brake light switch there, Get somebody to look at the brake lights, you switch the switches by hand. It will not shift if it is locked, key not on, or foot on brake, solenoid. You can't take the ignition apart without making a mess, trust me, but the boot should come right off. You should be able to see where it is hanging up, a file might fix it, or a welder. Check it out, hope this helps.

Posted on Oct 05, 2010

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Take a screwdriver and pry up the console that surrounds the shifter, it's just fitted in there, no screws or anything. It's that rectangle piece that has P R N D printed on it. Underneath it you'll see a white clip a little behind the shifter. It has a spring so you can pull it up and then it resets to the position it was in. Take your finger and while pulling up on the clip shift out of park. You'll have to do this each time you want to get out of park but at least you can shift

Posted on Aug 16, 2011

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