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Q: Car won't go into gear

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My car will not go into gear.

A: Hello. This is a problem that comes up ofte...

Hello. This is a problem that comes up often on this vehicle. Most of the time it is caused by a failing brake switch, which will cause the shifter to not release. Simply checking to see if the brake lights are functioning will let you know if the switch is bad. If they are working then a voltage meter will need to be used to test the circuit to see if the shift lock solenoid is bad or if there is a problem with the circuit. I would recommend having a certified technician inspect your transmission to determine what repairs are needed.

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