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The car won't release out of park if there is any strain on the transmission, (eg, angled forward or backward) when parked on even a slight incline. What would cause this and what is the solution?

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Sounds like your brake switch mounted on top of the brake pedal . remember you have to put your foot on the brake to shift out of park . there is a swith that releases the shift should be a 2 wires mounted on top of brake pedal under dash

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All that is wrong is that (if on a slope) the weight of the car is
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