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03 Hyundai Elantra won't start, but has power. Trying to put car from park to neutral.

I tried turning key to on position then stepping on brake, but shifter won't budge. Just need to move it a little bit. Don't need the car to start,just need to put into neutral. Never had this problem before. Even if car doesn't start there's always a way to shift it into neutral so it can be moved. Usually turning key to on position, stepping on brake,makes it so you can move the shifter. Not this car. No transaxle shift release button either.

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