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Q: transmission problem on 2000 Chevrolet Impala

I have a 2000 chevy impala police car 3.8 engine and i cani't get it to shift out of park. I replaced the brake switch and still won't move so i disconnected the cable at the transmission put my foot on the brake then I can move it out of park on the column but the indicator on the column says it is still in park, is that good? Then i go to the transmission still with the cable disconnected i try to move the level on the transmission to see if it would move into any of the other gears such as reverse,drive or netural but it won't move is this a problem.
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There is a thing on your transmission called a parking pawl, that is released by the cable. So, you need to see if you can release the parking pawl, by moving the area where the cable attaches, often there is 2 actions that the cable does, it releases the parking pawl and then moves the gears selector lever.
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