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2009 Kia Optima Question: Why will transmission shifter be stuck in park? What are possible causes?



BigRick58, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, Bonaire, GA, August 05, 2014, 02:24

Our 2009 Optima will not shift out of park. Checked possible fuse problem, the ones I checked were fine. Really wasn't sure which one to check. Upon further investigation, with car running, I attempted to shift from park. In my attempts I noticed a clicking sound inside car from underneath near the firewall, it sounded almost like a relay kicking in and out. It wasn't a linkage type sound (like older cars with bent linkage hanging or rubbing). Any suggestions short of a KIA dealer mechanic.. If I know what to look for, I can fix it. This first time this has happened to me ever.

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    Greg's Orange Auto (15216 Answers) , Orange, CA - (714) 361-9386
    globalhelper August 05, 2014, 09:02

    shift lock cyl not functioning.ck brake light switch to start with,this is what activates the release

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    BigRick58, August 05, 2014, 17:21

    the car is at KIA under extended warranty, entire shifter is bad. "they" said anyway. it's covered all but $100, thanks for your help though..

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