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Battery is flat and the key is stuck in the ignition

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Flat as in dead?

Your car has a solenoid that keeps the car from being shifted out of Park, you need to power up the car and put the car in Park, or move the shifter in and out of Park with the key turned to the run position.

You may have to play with it if its worn.

If you cant power the car your shifter should have a emergency release on it, see if you have a plastic cover "plug" pry it out and depress the switch.

On many older cars with this function being on a hill puts pressure on the trans and thus the linkage keeping people from being able to get the car out of park.

Note that your system works off pushing the brake pedal down and or pushing in on the shifter button (if equipped) to release the solenoid.

Hope this helps.

Posted on Dec 29, 2010

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