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Question Details Asked:Oct 08, 2009 - 11:47 AMStatus:Closed
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Usually the problem is the shift interlock system is malfunctioning. The system has an actuator mounted at the base of the steering column that determines when the brake pedal is depressed and releases the gear selector. This prevents shifting the car from park into gear unless your foot is on the brake. Before you go to any expense, try disconnecting the elecrtrical connector to the actuator switch, clean the contacts and spray a bit of WD-40 as your problem may just be a bad connection. If this doesn’t work, you’ll probably need to replace the actuator. Good luck!
In the meantime, your car might have a little slot or hole near the gearshift where you can insert a screwdriver to temporarily release the park lever.
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