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I took my 1996 nissian maxima into the dealer ship today to get my check engine light checked out. They didnt fix my engine light and plus when i went to go pick up my car my shifter was stuck in park which my car has NEVER done before until i took it to the dealership. The dealership guys fixed the problem somehow and said it wouldnt happen again, but then once i left and parked ad went to get back into my car the same probelm occured. My friend and i looked it up online and it said something about a break light switch we looked and messed around with this for an hour and the shifter started to work again. I made sure it would work and put it into park and then drive several times and then came back into the house. About 10 minutes later i went back into my caar and the problem occured again. My car never did this until i took it to the dealership once again. Is there any way i cant fix this problem my self or do i have to order a special part from my machanic any help would be awesome please!

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Most automatic cars require that the foot brake be applied before the gear selector is allowed to be shifted from the Park position as the unlock signal is taken from the lamp side of the brake light circuit.
It appears that you have an intermittent fault in the brake light switch and replacing it should solve the problem. The switch is located on a bracket under the dash near the top of the brake pedal arm. You could put a bridging wire across the terminals to confirm if the switch is out and the rest of the wiring is OK. If the shift enable and lights then work, replace the switch.
Replacement is as follows:

To remove switch, disconnect wiring, loosen locknut and unscrew switch. Replacement is reverse procedure. To adjust, screw in switch until operating button is fully depressed by pedal arm, tighten locknut and reconnect wires. Check for correct operation of lights. You may have to unscrew switch slightly to get best operation.

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