Q: 1996 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme won't shift out of Park

asked by on February 03, 2016

My car won't shift out of Park.

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This is a common problem when the shift lock solenoid either isn’t getting a signal or has failed, have a certified mechanic, like one from YourMechanic, inspect and diagnose the problem.

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