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Unable to shift out of park upon starting. Pressing on brake petal upon shifting. Also noticing my brake lights are not coming on during this procedure. Owners manual mentioned about the gearshift anti lock?, but does not mention why it activates & how to release it.

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Sounds like since the park lock and the brake lights are both inoperative, the faulty component would be the brake light switch which should be just above the brake pedal under the dash.

More info, let me know.

Charlie

Posted on Mar 12, 2011

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