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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-25-2012, 07:54 AM Thread Starter
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'05 LS: This morning I started the car, then went back in the house to get something. When I came back, the doors had locked, so I unlocked the door with the key, got behind the wheel, and tried to shift out of park. The release on the back of the shifter was in and wouldn't pop out. I tried jiggling to no effect.

Is this an anti-theft feature, or is there a broken spring or pin in my park-release button?
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I'll bet your park lock is stuck. Are you able to take the keys out?


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The keys came out easily. How do I unstick the park lock?
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Theres a switch that controls the shifter when the brake is applied. try putting the car into gear with the key on accessory, not on. if it goes into gear the switch needs to be replaced.


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'05 LS: This morning I started the car, then went back in the house to get something. When I came back, the doors had locked, so I unlocked the door with the key, got behind the wheel, and tried to shift out of park. The release on the back of the shifter was in and wouldn't pop out. I tried jiggling to no effect.

Is this an anti-theft feature, or is there a broken spring or pin in my park-release button?
Good morning stexch,

I checked your manual and the only anti-theft features on your vehicle are the alarm and Passlock (enables fuel if the ignition lock cylinder is turned with
a valid key; if a correct key is not used or the ignition
lock cylinder is tampered with, fuel is disabled). Have you had any luck getting this taken care of since your post yesterday? If you decide upon working with a GM dealership and would like for me to check in on things, please contact me via private message (or I can provide my email address).

Sarah, GM Customer Service
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Tried shifting out of park with the key on accessory. No luck. Talked to the mechanic, who suggested that I find the park lock release and depress it so that I can get the car to his shop. He indicated that it would be a small indentation that you poke with something skinny. I felt all over the shifter and didn't find anything like that. Can anyone confirm if my vehicle has a park lock release, and if so, where it can be found?

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There should be a park lock... Pretty much every car since the mid 80's has one. Power comes from the brake light switch. Check to see if the brake lights are working. If not, check the switch at the top of the brake pedal. Make sure it is working, adjusted, and sending power and receiving power.

There are a couple possibilities so let me know if this isn't it.


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I know its for a different car, but sounds like the same thing . . .

We have a 99 Taurus that wouldn't go from park to drive when we started the engine in park. We had to turn the key to ACC, then put it in Neutral, then start it and put the car into gear.

I realized I had no brake lights, there was a trailer hitch that was torn off and the exposed wires must have blown the fuse for the brake lights? We replaced the fuse and it all worked fine.

I don't know if its the same thing but maybe it will help . . .

---------- Post added at 06:31 PM ---------- Previous post was at 06:30 PM ----------

not hitch, but adapter . . . sorry :P
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