I have a 97 Grand Prix GT and just today, my shifter (on the console
between the front seats) is stuck in Park. The first time I just had
to turn my wheel slightly and then it moved into Drive. But the next
time after I had parked again, it would simply NOT move out of Park
into anything (Reverse/Neutral/Drive/etc.). I had to pop the tab for
Shift Lock and use a pen to release the lock so I could drive it.
Any idea if this is something I could fix or will I have to take it to
the shop? I'm guessing it deals with bad power to the shifter or
something broke in the shifter mechanism perhaps? Thanks,
On 3/13/06 6:46 PM, in article
Sounds like a bad module that locks the shifter when the brake isn't
pressed.. Check to see if you have brake lights first.. If you do, go
digging for that module.. Haynes manual might help, or someone else here..
There is a "shift out of park" relay. It is operated by the brake
light switch. So perhaps first, verify your brake lights operate
When you hold the foot brake pedal, you should be able to depress the
button on the shifter 'T'. If so, the relay / brake switch are OK. If
you can depress the button, but not move the lever, I'd suspect a
mechanical binding or bad cable.
If you cannot press the button (which I suspect, based on the fact you
could release it with a pen and drive it) it's likely the brake
switch, the relay that lets the button move, etc. You might get on
autozone.com and see if they have anything, or thumb through a manual.
Maybe the not too expensive Chilton's or Hayne's shows this?
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