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Q: Can't shift out of Park

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My car won't shift out of Park.

A: The shift mechanism has a solenoid that is ...

The shift mechanism has a solenoid that is part of the mechanism, which may have broken the small lever that releases the lock that enables the shifter to get out of Park. The fix is to replace the shifter assembly. There is a small aftermarket replacement part available, but in order to replace the part, your shifting mechanism would need to be disassembled to install it, and sometimes this does not fix the mechanism. This is why a complete replacement of the shifter mechanism is recommended as a repair. I recommend having a mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, run a full inspection on your shifting issue first.

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