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My son has a 1998 Pontiac Grand Am Gt with a 3.1 liter engine and automatic transmission and 95,000 miles. When stopping for gasoline last, the car would not shift out of park. We tried wiggling the keys, steering wheel, putting foot on the brake pedal and no results. It blows a 20 amp fuse located in a fuse box under the hood, drivers side. In this fuse box, there are large fuses towards the front and smaller fuses near the rear of the box towards the firewall. The last row nearest the firewall contains three yellow 20 amp fuses. It blows the middle one of these three. The engine starts fine , but will not shift out of park. I noticed that when driving the car for a hour trip that the key feels warm when you remove it from the car.

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  • mmuurraayy Aug 20, 2008

    I had a car with this problem.

    I solved my problem by removing the cover to the transmission shifter and neutralizing the apparatus preventing the shift.

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    blows fuse to the parking lights /problem is between swetch & under hood plug/eng side of firewall


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