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#1 4/24/2011 6:13 PM

twinmain
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My gear will not shift out park.

My gear will not move out of park even with the brake pedal pressed.   The manual said to press the pink button next to the gear (under the rubber tray) and it would release the gear.  That still didn't work!!!!

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#2 4/24/2011 9:12 PM

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Re: My gear will not shift out park.

This is a better explanation of the operation of the Interlock System from the Alldata information website.

If you follow these instructions and you still can't get it out of gear, you may have a broken cable or jammed parking pall. There is a Service Bulletin on the Parking Pall Plug. Check the dealer to see if your car qualifies.

Try these instructions and get back to us and we will try to help you further.

The Brake Transmission Shifter/Ignition Interlock (BTSI) is a cable operated system that prevents the transmission gear shifter from being moved out of PARK without the proper driver inputs. The system also contains a solenoid that is integral to the shifter assembly. The solenoid works in conjunction with the park lock cable to permit shifter movement out of PARK when the brake is depressed and prevents shifter movement into REVERSE unless a shift into REVERSE is permitted.

A BTSI override (2) is provided on the side of the shifter mechanism (1) to allow the vehicle to be shifted out of PARK in the event of an electrical failure.

OPERATION:

The Brake Transmission Shifter/Ignition Interlock (BTSI) is engaged whenever the ignition switch is in the LOCK (1) position. An additional electrically activated feature will prevent shifting out of the PARK position unless the brake pedal is depressed at least one-half inch. A solenoid in the shifter assembly is energized when the ignition is in the ON position and the brake pedal is depressed. When the key is in the ON position and the brake pedal is depressed, the shifter is unlocked and will move into any position. The interlock system also prevents the ignition switch from being turned to the LOCK position, unless the shifter is in the gated PARK position.

The following chart describes the normal operation of the Brake Transmission Shift Interlock (BTSI) system. If the expected response differs from the vehicles response, then system repair and/or adjustment is necessary.

BTSI Override:

In the event of an electrical failure, the vehicle can be shifted out of PARK by using the following procedure.

Turn the key to the ACC or ON position.
Remove the liner to the cubby bin to the right side of the shifter.
Depress the BTSI override (2) on the side of the shifter assembly (1).
While the override is depressed, move the shifter out of the PARK position.
Return the cubby bin liner to its original location.


BRAKE TRANSMISSION SHIFT INTERLOCK
SYSTEM VERIFICATION:

1.Verify that the key can only be removed in the PARK position
2.When the shift lever is in PARK, the ignition key cylinder should rotate freely from ACC to LOCK. When the shifter is in any other gear or neutral position, the ignition key cylinder should not rotate to the LOCK position.
3.Shifting out of PARK should not be possible when the ignition key cylinder is in the ACC position and the brake pedal is not depressed.
4.Shifting out of PARK should not be possible while applying normal force on the shift lever and ignition key cylinder is in the ACC, ON, or START positions unless the foot brake pedal is depressed approximately 1/2 inch (12mm).
5.Shifting out of PARK should not be possible when the ignition key cylinder is in the LOCK position, regardless of the brake pedal position.
6.Shifting between any gears, NEUTRAL or into PARK may be done without depressing foot brake pedal with ignition switch in ACC, ON, or START positions.

You may have a misadjusted park lock cable.

Check for a misadjusted gearshift cable.

Burrs on the ignition key could give you trouble turning the ignition switch.

Binding or broken components in the interlock system should be checked next.


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