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Q: Shift lock will not release when starting. on 1999 Honda Passport

The shift lock on my 4x4 automatic transmission will not release after the car is started, even with my foot on the brake. The only way we are able to start the car and release the shift lock is to push the shift handle button in prior to starting and then hold it in after it starts, then dropping it into gear. The cable appears to be working properly and the assembly seems to be in tact as I have removed all on the plastic around the key cylinder lock to inspect. Has anyone experienced this problem?
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Check your Brake Light Switch to be sure that it is energizing the shift lock solenoid that releases your shift lever out of PARK. You can do this by applying your brakes and verifying that the Brake Lights work normally.
Hello Dan,

I just figured it out. There is a lock release mechanical and an electric sensor located next to the shift lever under the shift console (yes, you have to disassemble everything to get to it). The sensor is a small switch that is engaged when you apply a very small amount of pressure on the shifter as you push the button it. This sensor is connected to the breaks and engages the mechanical lock release when you have your foot on the brake. The good news is I was able to get mine worling with WD40, the bad news is that if you need to replace it you have to buy an entire shift lever assembly from Honda at $225 bucks as they do not sell the sensor switch alone. I'm hoping my fix works...


Going through almost the same here! darn't. My husband did all the inspecting and disasembling of the gear box. That lever cracked at one spot where it holds a spring type coil. yup..we were told 189.00 before tax. Geez.. not expecting that at all. i searched on line. Although it mathced the part model #, too vage, and no pics for the lever, no size descrition, etc . about $40. can't trust it.
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