my gear shifter always locks up on 1995 Honda Civic

why is it that when my gear shift locks up my break lights dont work

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2 answers
I guess you have a automactic transmission. If it is the brake lights must work properly to allow the gear shifter to come out of park. Check for blown fuse on brake light circuit...could have a bad stop lamp switch.
check underneath the dash, on the brake pedal way up there you will see a little button looking sensor. that is going bad. its called a brake pressure sensor or something like that i had same problem.