The brake switch may be the concern. Press the brake pedal and have someone
check the brake lights. Do this when the condition is happening. If the
lamps fail to light, replace the switch. I believe there is a recall or
program on the switch.
It may not be the switch, but the wires going to the switch. I was
advised that my brake light switch was bad when mine exhibited the same
problems. However, it turned out that the ground wire going to the plug
attached to the switch was corroded in two. The switch itself works
perfectly when the ground wire is intact.
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There is a safety lock that prevents shifting out of park without
pressing the brake.
First, make certain you are firmly pressing on the brake. You may not be
pressing quite enough. I'm not certain if it's mechanical or an electric
solenoid. It may also depend if you have column or center-console shift.
If it's electrical, it could be failing. If it failed totally, I don't
think you could get it out of Park at all. I think there is an override if
that happens, though.
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