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97 jetta gt auto trans shifter

After driving car will not go into park, cant lock steering or remove keys

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  • polanny Jun 27, 2008

    Thanks. Found broken indicator light holder blocking shifter.

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Check the cable check for dirty shifter under console
check brakelight switch

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After you put the car in park, (I am guessing it is on the steering column), do NOT let the shifter go into it's "parked" position, but rather, leaving it in park, pull the shift lever toward you, but do NOT move it out of park. Kind of like you have to do when you are going to pull the shifter out of park, and into another gear, ya know? While holding the shifter in that position, NOW try to remove the keys. Did this work?

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