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The battery is dead and the car is in the garage and when I turn the key to switch it out of parking gear it wont go I need to push it out of the garage

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There should be a plastic cover about .5 inch around the shift that you can pry off. Once that is off you can push it in with a screwdriver and change the gear. Or the other option is you can use some wheel dollies.

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YOU NEED BATTERY POWER TO ENERGIZE THE BRAKE TRANSMISSION SHIFT INTERLOCK SOLENOID TO SHIFT TRANSMISSION TO ANY GEAR.TRY USING A JUMPER BOOSTER BATTERY TO POWER CAR UP ENOUGH TO SHIFT IT OUT OF PARK TO MOVE IT.

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