Shifting from Park Push Button and move into gear on 2006 Toyota Camry

When shifting into gear its hard, what would make this happen, am I looking into a costly fix

by in Rock Hill, SC on April 30, 2009
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ANSWER by , April 30, 2009
The shift lock requires a signal from the brake light switch to the shift lock module, the module then operates a solenoid to allow the shift lever to be taken out of park. Try removing the small cover in the shifter area, use a screw driver to press down the emergency detent release, can you then easy move the shifter out of park while the detent is depressed? If so the shift linkage is OK and the problem is electrical, If not the problem is mechanical (not serious) the shift lever is binding up and needs to be cleaned and lubricated. Could someone have spilled soda or coffee in the shift lever area?