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The gair shift would not move. Some time it took 30min to get it out of park. The transmission was rebuild about a year and its work pretty well(good)

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You have a brake pedal interlock? Is hose on pedal off?

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The car will start but won't get out of park


You have a problem with the The automatic transmission shift lock control system, it is a safety device that prevents an inadvertent shift out of PARK when the ignition is ON. The driver must press the brake pedal before moving the shift lever out of the PARK position. The system consists of the following components: as an example since you did not say the make, model an year vehicle this is from Buick service info . Do your brake lights work ?
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Right door locks don't work all the time and shifter is locked in park


What make an model an year vehicle ? All vehicles have a shift lock control system : Is a safety device that prevents an inadvertent shift out of PARK when the engine is running. The driver must press the brake pedal before moving the shift lever out of the PARK position. The system consists of thew following components: ?€¢
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I have a 2002 chevy avalanche and every time I shift from park to reverse I hear a hissing noise and my truck won't back up like it's in neutral


Could be a few problems. But all are in the transmission. Anywhere you take it, they will say it is a rebuild. 13 Years old, wouldn't hurt to rebuild it. 4l60e's will run around 2500 to rebuild.

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Abs light on wont shift out of park


Hi Judy , what kind of vehicle do you have ? Year an model ? ABS light has nothing to do with it not coming out of park . Problem with automatic transmission shift lock control ! Probably !
The automatic transmission shift lock control is a safety device that prevents an inadvertent shift out of PARK when the ignition is ON. The driver must press the brake pedal before moving the shift lever out of the PARK position. The system consists of the following components:
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The automatic transmission shift lock control solenoid.


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The automatic transmission shift lock control switch.


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The park/neutral safety switch.

With the ignition in the ON position, battery positive voltage is supplied to the automatic transmission shift lock control switch. The circuit continues through the normally-closed switch to the automatic transmission shift lock control solenoid. The park/neutral safety switch provides a path to ground for the automatic transmission shift lock control solenoid in the PARK position. This energizes the automatic transmission shift lock control solenoid, mechanically locking the shift linkage in the PARK position. When the driver presses the brake pedal the contacts in the automatic transmission shift lock control switch open, causing the automatic transmission shift lock control solenoid to de-energize. This allows the shift lever to move from the PARK position. When the shift lever is out of the PARK position the contacts in the neutral safety switch open and the automatic transmission shift lock control solenoid is de-energized.

Jul 07, 2015 | Cars & Trucks

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My question is if they rebuild my transmission and it shift to all speeds but the only problem is when i shift back to park? it wont lock the wheels


Check Stop lights--if they are not working vehicle will not shift out of "park" check fuse Here are opinions and answers from FAQ Farmers:
  • Check under the shifting mechanism for loose change or other small items that might have gotten stuck between the gears and baseplate. Fixing this only costs time.
  • You may have a safety switch where you have to press the brake it may have gone bad or your ignition switch also has a safety interlock that could have gone bad.
  • Have you ever wondered why you had so much trouble shifting out of PARK on a steep grade? An automatic transmission, when in PARK position, locks the driving wheels. On a steep grade you'll need more than normal pressure to move the shift lever. This is because the transmission's parking pawl resists the vehicle's tendency to roll.
  • The last answer was cut from Parts America.com and I have to add I am looking for more than this answer since until the transmission rebuild two months ago this van has never had a problem on the slight slope of my driveway. I had to push her up the drive way a bit to get the parking paul off the lock. The pawl wears and I have to ask my ****** guy if he replaced those pawls or not. How many thousands of miles does the ****** have - mine has 120,000.
  • Your pawl probably got a groove cut into it because if you don't use your parking brake, hence the name, when parking on ANY incline you put pressure on it and bit by bit wear down the metal.
  • The reason your car would be stuck in park is because you did not use the parking brake. The purpose of a parking brake is to hold the vehicle, many use the transmission to hold the vehicle but then it will evntually result in spending 2,000 dollars on a new transmission. A transmission is made to shift gears, not to hold a vehicle. That's why they call the parking brake, the PARKING brake. Park or P on the gearshift selector means just plain park it is to show that's where you put it when you stop your vehicle and turn it off. If it were to hold the vehicle I would imagine it would say park brake. The way I apply the parking brake is I stop then before putting it in park I FIRMLY apply the parking brake, then put it in park. You need to push it down hard or else it is pointless to use it.
  • Don't forget to let off the foot brake before putting the transmission into park. My steps: 1) Stop vehicle; 2) Firmly set Parking Brake; 3) Put transmission in Neutral; 4) Let off foot brakes (slowly, to make sure Parking Brake is holding); and 5) Put transmission into park. This puts literally no strain on the transmission.
  • My car recently stuck in park, and it turned out all that was wrong was the top of the shifter where you press the button was a little loose. All i had to do to fix it was take off the top of the shifter with the button, and re-fit it on tighter and better, then it worked perfectly fine. (it was an automatic, i don't think you'll have this problem with a stick shift)
  • Here is a site that will help clear things up: http://www.autoshop101.com/forms/h18.pdf (You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the inforomation.) It is roughly page three that covers the "shift lock release button" and the shift solenoid. If your vehicle is equipped with a "release" or "overide" button then it is almost certain the problem is with the shift lock solenoid. A failing solenoid can be affected by temperature variations. I hope this will help all that reads; it helped me.
  • My car (Ford Taurus 2000) recently got stuck in parking position (not on a steep hill). I called a technician to give me a tip to take it out. He told me to put the keys in the ignition, turn it HALF WAY so that the lights are not on, motor not running, THEN put the shift to neutral and THEN start the car. It worked and saved my day. I will have the car checked but you can try this in case of emergency I guess.
  • The shift's not getting out of park position may be related to the brake signal. If you have such a problem check if your brake light is working too. It might also be out of order.


I simply needed to replace a fuse. I drive a Ford Explorer and had to change fuse listed as "Reverse Park Aid/Shift Change Interlock/IVD Switch".
* This happened to me (1995 Tbrd) last night (24 oct 2008), in an empty parking lot. I was "lucky" to have some tools on board so I took off the shifter handle, took apart the console and found where a cable attaches to a locking mechanism that prevents the shifter from moving. The cable would not travel so I disconnected it. Problem resolved (temporairily). I guess that cable goes to the brake and/or ignition switch.
To do this you need some screw drivers, small socket (didn't notice the size, about 5/16) and needle nose pliers.
I'd never done this before so it took me about an hour to figure out, but at least I got home. I wonder if a 5 minute fuse change would have fixed it???

- The same thing happened to my current car, 99 volkswagen golf..if this is the same model you have, contact Volkswagen. I was told that it was a recall on a safety switch located in the vehicle and to bring it into any dealership and they will fix the problem for free.
if you didn't start the car
if you didn't apply the brake pedal

Or, the shifter assembly has failed.

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Jun 04, 2012 | Ford Taurus Cars & Trucks

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Driving on freeway transmission lost its gearing and wont shift and rolls while in park .


Sounds like it's time for a transmission rebuild. You will need to take this into a Transmission Rebuild Shop, unless you know how to rebuild a transmission. If you haven't done it before, take it to a shop.

Feb 22, 2011 | 1990 Geo Prizm

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The transmission is in "D" but the tach is showing as if it's in "2". It's not shifting as it normally would in "D". I put it in "2" and it there's no change. I put it in park then neutral and that all...


Your shift indicator is simply stuck. Until you have the time to fix it, your best solution is to start from park then slowly shift to the next setting which is reverse, then neutral then park. All automatic transmissions shift pretty much the same which means you only have to move 3 notches the opposite way from park to be in drive. You don't need a shift indicator for that. Later you can replace the indicator with a dealer factory replacement.

Jul 31, 2010 | 1998 Ford Windstar

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I have a 1992 Oldsmobile Delta 88, and it has the following strange problem. when it is shifted out of park, into gear it acts like it is still in park. It can be felt going into reverse,and all forward...


One of three things. Inside the trans are clutches, bands, sprags and planetaries. I believe that either a set of clutches is sticking together or the input sparg is not free wheeling when it is suppose to or the parking pawl is sticking in place until you free it.

There is not much you can do. The only possible item that can be added that might help is called Lube Gaurd In the red bottle. other than that you will have to pull the trans and repair it.

Hope this helps.
just to let you know, I worked for GM from 90-93 rebuilding those transmissions. I have rebuilt as least 500 of them. I could rebuild them blindfolded, (No kidding, blind folded)

Dec 03, 2009 | 1992 Oldsmobile Eighty Eight

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Vehicle will not come out of N regardless of where the gear shift is moved to. Vehicle starts fine, but cannot be shift out of N.


I had a similar problem with a 1993 Dodge Dakota 4x4 club cab. With in the first year of ownership I had difficulty with the shifting from park to drive , the gear shift lever would not move or sometimes it would get stuck in neutral and I could not get it out. I took it into the local Chrysler/ Dodge dealer and they determined it was the park sprague. But after they replaced that part it continued to happpen. So, then after they contacted Chrysler Engineers they settled on replacing the back end of the transmission from a 1994 model year. That fixed the problem. They said the rod that goes from your gear shift lever into the transmission case did not line up properly with the stuff inside the transmission, therefore causing it to hang up. I am not sure if this is your same situation or not.

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