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Alrite, I have a series of questions...I currently have a 1999 Saab 9-5. I went to work last night and when I was ready to go home, my black lever on the gear won't push up therefore I can't move the car from Park! It's still at work and I have no clue what the problem can be. My mom's friend who was a mechanic suggested that the fuse may have blown, but I checked each fuse and they all seem to be fine. I'm clueless, I don't want to tow the car till I'm sure it's something I can't fix. Someone please help!

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  • markansah Jul 07, 2008

    Oh ic. I did check the break light and it did come on when i depressed the brake, but it still won't move from park. And I'll clarify my question as requested...When I depress the brake and try to shift my gear from P to R or D, the small black lever on the gear won't puch up to allow me to change gears. It's kinda locked; so I want to know what the problem may be so that if I can fix it myself I can save money on towing costs and unneccessary repairs.

  • markansah Jul 07, 2008

    Thanks, I tried what you told me, but as i pushed the small button to manually lift the lever, it still didn't budge, i think it has to do with a mechanical problem should I get an engineer to look at it or someone who does car electricals?

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    Thomas Van Tress May 11, 2010

    Did you check under the dash by the brake pedal and notice if any cables might have come disengaged. I believe that the locking device is a mechanical (meaning cable activated) one so that when the brake is depressed it allows the black lever to move up. Possibly the cable runs over to the shift lever and unlocks the safety lever allowing you to move it out of Park.

  • Thomas Van Tress
    Thomas Van Tress May 11, 2010

    Does this vehicle have to have the brake depressed prior to putting it in gear? Newer vehicles require that. Have someone go behind the car and see if the brake lights come on when you depress the brake. If brake lights don't come on you may have defective brake switch located at under the dash by the pedal. With a defective switch, the safety device isn't getting a signal to release the lever allowing you to put it in gear.

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Reading from another site, it seems that this issue is common. There is a way to get it out of P. The problem is due to a fault in the microswitch that is fitted on the Shift-lock solenoid. In order for you to be able to select another gear, disconnect the Shift-lock manually by pressing down the key in the hole next to the selector lever, while at the same time shifting the selector to the neutral position. Will refer you to the site from which I got this information and it also gives info on how to change out the solenoid.
http://www.townsendimports.com/Saab_TSB_Folder/Saab_TSB_pdfs/432_2138.pdf

Good Luck

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    Thomas Van Tress Jul 07, 2008

    This looks as though this may have been a recall item for your make and model. You may want to check with your local Saab dealer and see if they may cover the repair.

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