2009 Kia Optima Q&A

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

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. -
Answer 1
shift lock cyl not functioning.ck brake light switch to start with,this is what activates the release -
Comment 1
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.. -