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2004 Nissan Sentra Question: Shift stuck in park

 

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Tschierloh, 1.8L 4 Cylinder, Colorado Springs, CO, May 01, 2009, 06:26
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I parked my car to return a movie, and when I got back in the shifter was stuck in park. I turned the car off, restarted it and it wouldn't move. Pushed the car a bit and still nothing, how do I get it out of park?

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    patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, May 01, 2009, 07:37
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    There is usually a small little over ride plunger near the shift lever that is that can be pushed down to over ride the lock out for the shift lever. It may have a little cover that needs to be removed and stick a small screw driver in the exposed hole as you pull the lever out of park.
    Turn the ignition key on and press the brake. Do you hear a clicking sound each time you press the brake pedal? Check that your brake lights work, if not check the fuses and replace the brake light fuse if blown.
    The shifter needs an input from the brake light switch to come out of park.
    If none of this works I will check information tonight specific to your car as I have not got access to that information right now.

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    patrick mannion, September 14, 2009, 22:10
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    You are doing no harm by continuing to "by pass" the detent system but you are best to get the system investigated as soon as you can. The solenoid may have failed.

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    Visitor, June 19, 2010, 19:46

    I have a 2007 chrysler 300 that I can not get out or park I found the pink over ride button I put the car on while push the button in I tryed moving the gear out of park but that did not work I have break lights It just want get out of park whats wrong?

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    Visitor, April 21, 2011, 09:10

    I have a 98' Grandprix GTP and the first time i couldnt get it out of park i did the screw driver trick until my macanic checked it out and a wire had been chewed by a rodent of some sort... after replacing that wire it worked fine

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    Visitor, August 05, 2011, 08:36

    I have a 2009 Nissan Sentra and my husband was stuck at the grocery store for this same problem. I read him your instructions and IT WORKED!!! You saved us $$$, thank YOU!

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    September 14, 2009, 11:26
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    dear genius,

    I just got my car out of park with your lovely post! thank you so much.. now, I can't do this all the time can I? what is wrong with my car ? (mazda pro5) Now I can pick my son up from school without being scared of getting stuck there! I HOPE.

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    January 29, 2010, 14:02
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    I used to have this problem with my 1998 Mustang. I took it to Pep Boys and they said it was a fault in the safety feature that doesn't let you take it out of park unless the brake pedal is depressed.

    Apparently my car didnt think i had my foot on the brake even though I did. I gave them permission to remove the safety feature entirely and this fixed the problem.

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    Visitor, July 13, 2010, 16:48

    same thing happened to my 2006 corolla. found out it was a blown fuse.

    things to consider:
    -sensor on brake pedal
    -sensor on key ignition switch
    -fuses to those sensors.

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    Visitor, July 25, 2010, 19:10

    Most likely it is the brake sensor under your pedal no hard to replace at all or it could be a wire that broke off the sensor so the car thinks that the brakes are not pressed down so it will not let your car go to park how do you know if this is what the problem is have someone hold down your brake pedal and see if your tail lights work

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    Visitor, August 09, 2010, 09:32

    My Brake lights does not work, and I have to keep pushing the brake pedal down back and forth and it will finally kick in. But my brake lights still dont work.

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