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My car will start but I cannot move it into drive. When I push on the brakes to transition from Park to Drive the brakes make a hissing noise...

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The hissing noise could be the power brake booster leaking vacuum. The inability to shift out of park is likely to be a bad SHIFTER INTERLOCK SWITCH attached to the brake pedal under the dash.

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Sounds like powerbrake booster is bad

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