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  • avatar arfdog3 02/09/11 12:36 am PST

    On your model Impala, there is a shift interlock override.


    1. You need to pop the shifter surrounding trim. Insert a small flat screwdriver between the trim and console base then pop it up, working your way around.

    2. Unscrew the shifter knob from the shifter. There is one philips screw in the front of the knob. Remove the knob then remove the trim. Note the shifter lock shaft within the lever.

    3. Under the shifter trim is a chrome-colored button, the interlock solenoid, which faces the passenger side. Hold that button to override the interlock, use another hand to push down on the exposed shift lock shaft to shift out of park. Its only needed for the park gear.

    The usual problem on this car is wires that go to that interlock solenoid are too short and they pull out or break as the shift lever moves. The solenoid is usually still operational. To permanently fix it, you must re-wire the connector and add or pull more slack for the wires to move freely with the shift lever.

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  • karjunkie 01/18/10 5:52 pm PST


    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 checking this, try opening the plastic cover around the shifter and spraying a good dose of WD-40 all around the shift linkage as your problem may just be a sticking part in the mechanism. If this doesn’t work, you’ll need to have the actuator checked out by a mechanic. Most cars and trucks have an emergency release which is a hole near the shifter or a button under the plastic shifter housing. You insert your key into the hole or press the button, shift into neutral and start the car. Then you do not put the shifter back into park until you get the car to the mechanic to fix the actuator.

  • arfdog3 02/09/11 12:36 am PST

    On your model Impala, there is a shift interlock override.


    1. You need to pop the shifter surrounding trim. Insert a small flat screwdriver between the trim and console base then pop it up, working your way around.

    2. Unscrew the shifter knob from the shifter. There is one philips screw in the front of the knob. Remove the knob then remove the trim. Note the shifter lock shaft within the lever.

    3. Under the shifter trim is a chrome-colored button, the interlock solenoid, which faces the passenger side. Hold that button to override the interlock, use another hand to push down on the exposed shift lock shaft to shift out of park. Its only needed for the park gear.

    The usual problem on this car is wires that go to that interlock solenoid are too short and they pull out or break as the shift lever moves. The solenoid is usually still operational. To permanently fix it, you must re-wire the connector and add or pull more slack for the wires to move freely with the shift lever.

  • noname19 05/07/13 12:26 pm PST

    You actually dont even need to take the console cover off.

    1.) Turn the Car on and put the parking brake ON.

    2.) Go around to the passenger side of the vechicle.

    3.) Lift up on the center console plastics, there should be enough room for your hand to reach up in there without popping anything out of place or unscrewing anything.

    4.) Your trying to feel around for a circular button. Its located under where you lifted up about 4 inches behind where the shifter is stuck in park on the passenger side of the console.

    5.) Push the circular button in and with your other hand move the shifter from park to NEUTRAL.

    6.) Now get into your car take the parking brake off and drive yourself to a shop.

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