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98 Accord. Car will not easily shift out of park sometimes. Must hold brake pedal down very hard. What is my problem?

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Sounds like your neutral safety switch on your brake pedal is wearing out.it can be adjusted to engage the brake pedal sooner.thanks for using fixya!

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