Recently my van's shift has all of a sudden locked in Park. We are currently using the overide button to shift temporarilly. My wife noticed that there was a 15 amp fuse on the floorboard at the time the shift was noticed to be locked. Also since then we have noticed that the gear shifting has been a little more jerky at times. Is this related? could this fuse be the whole issue? Also i have noticed that while the cruise control feature is engaged, the dashboard light flickers on and off sometimes.
Shift locked in park on 2005 Toyota Sienna
by Visitor in Abbeville, LA on April 04, 2011
ANSWER by LMcG , December 05, 2013
I realize this is an old post and perhaps you figured this issue out, or may not even own this vehicle any longer. However, in the chance that someone else down the road may read this and find the information useful, I hope this is helpful. Today's date is 12/5/2013 and within the last month or two I received a recall notification about this (or a similar issue). At the time of my notification, it indicated that the known complaint was that the vehicle's shifter was actually capable of being shifted out of park without depressing the brake pedal. They also explained that they did not currently have a solution to this problem but that they were urging all owners not to allow children to sit, stay or play in the vehicle alone at any time because they might accidentally bump the shifter, thereby causing the car to run off with them inside and no driver (SCARY!!). They also suggested always using the car/van's emergency break when leaving it in "Park" (whether the car was running or not) that you try out this with your's to see if your car has the problem. Because they don't have a currently available fix, this notification read really more like a warning and list of what-not-to-dos in the meantime. Hope that this will eventually reach and help someone. /L. McG
ANSWER by Visitor , April 18, 2011
It sounds crazy, but check and see if your brake lights work. I had a Toyota Land Cruiser that wouldn't shift out of park because there was a wring issue with the brake lights.