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Q: Gear shift lever stuck in park

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My column shifter is stuck in park.

Hi. Your shift lock switch may be engaged. It will be in one of two places. On the top of the steering column of the instrument cluster or right by the shifter itself above the Park icon on the shift indicator. Hitting the switch should lock or unlock the shifter. If you need further assistance, I recommend you have a mechanic, like one from YourMechanic, diagnose your vehicle’s shifting issues.

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