Truck has been relatively trouble-free until suddenly gearshift stuck in park. Headlights,Signal and Brake lights still work, but noticed that neither the under hood light or cabin lights come on. Started testing other functions and found out that neither wipers nor the door chime work. All of these issues started without warning and at the same time. What are some possible explanations?
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Hello, If you look under the dash at the Drivers' pedal, there is a switch on the top of the Brake pedal lever. This switch sends the signal to the Shift Interlock to allow shifting out of Park. You may notice that you do not have Stop lights when you push the brakes. This is a common problem caused by feet hitting the upper regions of the brake pedal lever.
The Brake switch may be dislodged or broken in its holder. Reposition or replace the switch. This switch is linked to the Interlock for the gearshift. It is also possible that the linkage with the gearshift has stretched out of position. Ask the Dealer about recalls for the shift console, but it is an older car and parts wear out.
If the underdash brake switch does not help fix the problem, someone will need to adjust the gearshift Interlock.
Hello, Look under the dash at the Brake pedal lever. What is happening to you is the part that senses your foot is on the Brake is out of alignment or broken. When you want to shift out of Park the switch on the Brake pedal lever sends a signal to release the Gearshift.
This part frequently gets hit by feet when you enter or exit the vehicle. Some people call this an Interlock switch. Sometimes the Brake lights will not work when this part is bad or out of alignment. Also make sure the Trigger in the Gearshift is not stuck, as the signal from the Interlock may be releasing the Gearshift, but the shifter will not move without the Trigger mechanism.
You should be on your way without a problem. I hope my solution is very helpful to you.
Check under the dash at the top of the brake lever. There are some plastic switches which can get hit by your feet. Since you have to step on the brake pedal to shift the transmission out of Park, that switch is probably broken or out of place.
You can have someone look at the brake lights and see if they light up when the pedal is pressed. Chances are that circuit is not working so the electric release for the gearshift will not work.
brake-sahift interlock solenoid not working. check fuse first. when key is on and brake is pressed, it either activates or deactivates the solenoid so you can shift out of park. safety thing.
chrck owner manual for a mechanical overide process. maybe there is one.
Check the fuse for the shift-lock mechanism. Also check the brake pedal sensor - do the tail lights come on when you press the pedal? If you need to get the car out of park, pop open the cover and press the shift-lock override button located near the base of the gearshift lever on the console.
In future, when on put it in park only AFTER the handbrake is applied. Ideally, foot brake, shift to N, apply handbrake, release foot brake, shift to park.
If the incline isn't steep have someone push car uphill while you gently move gearshift shift out of park. If its a steep hill, call a tow truck and move to a level surface. The parking pawl in the transmission becomes groved over time (and sticks) unless you use the handbreak as described.
The gear selector is locked until the system detects the brake pedal is being pressed, the brake circuit then sends a signal to the shifter release solenoid to pull a pin back and let you shift out of park, this is a safety feature required by federal law, U need to have someone see if the brake lights go on when you press the pedal, if they don't check the switch at the top of the brake pedal, if the brake lights work then the little solenoid is defective.