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1998 Oldsmobile Bravada Question: Transmission stuck in Park

 

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zadabe2002, Rincon, GA, May 24, 2009, 03:29
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Bought it used about two weeks ago and love it. Parked it in the driveway as usual but returned to it the next morning and now I can't get the gear shift out of Park. Did not do any extreme driving prior to parking. Have tried the troubleshooting method in the owner's manuel but it did not work. What could have happened and how do I fix it? Is it a fuse problem? Has been driving fine until now.

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    patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, May 25, 2009, 11:59
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    The shift lock requires an input from the brake switch to get the car out of "park". First turn the ignition switch on move the steering wheel to disengage the steering lock, put your foot on the brake pedal and get a friend to check if your brake lights work. If not he brake light switch or the fuse for the brake light switch may be faulty. If the brake light fuse is blown it is a 10 Amp fuse in the engine compartment fuse box. I believe there are two types of shifter types on your Oldsmobile, one column mount and one floor mount but in either case manufacturers provide some mechanical provision to take the vehicle out of "park" even if the park even if the battery, shift lock solenoid, brake switch or control circuit fails. I have written an article for Repiarpal but I don't think it is published yet. I will send it to you off line to your email address.

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    rickdexel, May 06, 2013, 20:32
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    so this explains why we were able to drag it home (& steer it) but, why wouldn't it start ? And where is the shift lock solenoid located on the floor shift version.

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    Visitor, August 17, 2010, 04:50

    Very likly the shift cable came off at the transmission, (Drivers side) The ball on the shift lever that is connected to the transmission, will rust and loosen...allowing the shift cable to drop off. The lever/plate is about $10 at dealership. If the cable end is too badly worn, it won't stay on....I don't know if just the cable-end is available separately. (Cable from GM is about $110.) I hope this helps.

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