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Automatic shifter locked in park - 2000 Suzuki Grand Vitara

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I ran into the same problem with my car and when I brought it down to a mechanics shop they diagnosed it as being my shifter cable... turns out after a few hours of research the shifter cable in my car was help by 2 plastic clips that after time became brittle and snapped... they upgraded my to a new cable which is secured with metal and has a lifetime guarantee and I have yet to experience another issue since...


Should this be the same issue, you shouldn't be looking at a very costly repair as my damage was only about $150

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Automatic Transmission Shift Lock Control System
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Sorry to here your having a problem with it already .
There are diagnostic step to find the problem , involves using a DVOM - digital volt ohm meter an using a wiring diagram to locate test points in the circuit . Plus you will need to take parts of your vehicle apart to get to those test points . The most likely part to fail is the park neutral safety switch . The contacts wear inside after hundreds of times of moving the shifter . But without testing this is just a guess .

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Ignition Lock Cylinder Control Actuator
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Automatic Transmission Shift Lock Control Description and Operation
The automatic transmission shift lock control system is a safety device that prevents an inadvertent shift out of PARK when the engine is running. The driver must press the brake pedal before moving the shift lever out of the PARK position. The system consists of the following components:
• The automatic transmission shift lock solenoid (serviced as the automatic transmission shift lock actuator), as well as the body control module (BCM) and the engine control module (ECM). The shift lock solenoid is located within the floor shift control assembly with vehicles equipped with floor shift.
• The BCM controls the voltage to the shift lock control solenoid through the shift lock control solenoid controlled voltage circuit. The following conditions must be met before the BCM will remove voltage from the shift lock solenoid:
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- The BCM determines the brake pedal is applied according the brake pedal position.
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head lights work> y/n ???????
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shift locked in park you mean?
do the brake lights work,
this is called the park lock out. system. (simple)
it keeps car from moving when started in gear.

on this car the PCM logic controls this.
brake lights glowing
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lock solenoid on the shifter.
or the solenoid is jammed.
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