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In most cases the shifter button is controlled by a solenoid activated by a switch on the brake pedal when the pedal is depressed. If the button will not release there may be a problem with the brake pedal switch ( Do the brake lights work when the pedal is pushed? ) the shifter release solenoid or wiring. There may be an override to release the button somewhere near the shifter. Check owners manual to see if equipped with safety release button
First of all...water and electrical connections don't mix well. Since the overdrive button is located on the left side of the shifter, and your wife spilled water on the shifter, the water has likely caused an electrical short.
With the ignition key off, try using compressed air to blow out any possible water or moisture around the shifer button and at the base of the shifter itself. Since the overdrive button has electrical connections inside the shifter, the water has probably caused a short. (I repeat...water and electrical connections don't mix well) If this doesn't cure the problem, you may need to disassemble the shifter mechanism and check for water or moisture. The electrical connections or wiring may be wet inside the shifter, which is likely causing the problem. Blow the areas out with compressed air and make sure everything is clean and dry. Then reassemble the shifter mechanism and reheck to see if this cures the problem.
yes you can replace the shifter knob separate you just have to get one from the dealer and ask how to replace it if you choose to do it your self or have a shop replace it for you.you don`t have to have it done at a dealer.
There is a main fuse that is blown or it could be a fusible link. Anyways there is a hole near the shifter and you can stick something in there so you can move the shifter manually. Sometimes it is a key slot sometimes it is just a hole. That hole is there so that if an event you don't have power to release the shifter you can do so manually.
You don`t want to tow the vehicle on the drive wheels at all. You will damage you transmission. But if it is a shifter problem you can unhook the linkage from the transmission and move the shift lever with your hand. If it is a transmission problem, you cant do it without disassembling the transmission.
I had this problem and its common on the impala. There is a manual release button under the shifter trim. Remove the trim and look down and on the passenger side you will see a silver button near the bottom. With the shifter in park push in the button and this will release the shifter. You can drive the car as long as you don't put it back in park. If you do just push in the button and release it again. My problem was a broken wire in the shifter cable. You won't find this release button in the owners manual. After mine was repaired I drilled a inch and one half hole in the passenger side of the console opposite the level of the button in case I had future problems. Just reach in with your finger and push in the button to release the shifter.