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why will my car will not shift out of park?

I can't get my car to shift out of park? I turn the car on press in on the brake and then try to shift out of park and the gear shift won't move. I can press the button under console then it will shift.

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afritz afritz
Hello, having a vehicle that is stuck in a gear can be very dangerous and very scary as well. A suggestion that I have for you while you are waiting on a response from an expert is visiting the link that I have provided for you below. It has answers that may be causing your vehicle to not let you shift out of park. I hope this is helpful!
by afritz afritz Earned 974 community points in Automotive
July 1st, 2010
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bikerbigpapa bikerbigpapa
The braker interlock requires the brake to be applied before you can shift out of park into gear, to prevent you from accidentally being bumped into gear.

It sounds like your problem is either with your brake switch or brake actuator.

Check to see if the brake lights come on when you press the brake. If they do come on, there is most likely a problem with your brake actuator and it will need to be replaced. A rough estimate for this repair is $250. If the brake lights do not come on then you'll probably need a new brake light switch. This repair is roughly estimated at about $100.
by bikerbigpapa bikerbigpapa Earned 7,304 community points in Automotive
July 13th, 2010
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Manage My Life
I had a 2004 Dodge Durango that had the same problem. We were traveling on vacation and stopped at a rest area. When we restarted the car it would not move out of park. I checked the brake switch and it looked like it was working fine. Called a Dodge Dealer who suggested it was a part inside the transmission and recomended I have the car towed to his shop. I then noticed that I had no brake lights. I was towing a small trailer and apparently the lights on the trailer malfunctioned and blew the fuse for the brake lights. As soon as I unplugged the trailer wiring and replaced the fuse everything was fine. I would have never thought a blown fuse would keep me from driving my car!!
by Manage My Life
April 29th, 2011
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