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My cars shift lock wont disengage so i have to use a screw driver to unlock and the brake lights dont work

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Check your stop/brake light fuse. It's the same fuse that sends current to the shift lock, to unlock it when you step on the brake pedal. If the fuse is good, then have your brake switch, located above the brake pedal, checked.

Posted on Oct 07, 2010

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