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  • karjunkie 08/19/09 12:41 pm PST

    On most Nissans there is a shift lock solenoid/park position assembly located at the base of the shifter. It locks the lever in Park until it receives a signal from the stop lamp switch (ie- brake pedal depressed) and from the key cylinder when you turn the key to ON. Once it activates the lever can then be shifted out of Park. If it's sticking or dead you won't be able to shift the lever normally. You should be able to get at the solenoid yourself. You'll need to pull off most of the center trim pieces including the console box itself to get to it but if you're reasonably handy with basic tools and take your time it's doable. I do strongly recommend you get a Chilton or Haynes manual which will have step by step instructions and only costs about $20. Good luck and let us know if you have any follow up questions.

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