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Q: Gearshift stuck on Park

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The gearshift is stuck on Park.

A: I’ve come across this problem a few differe...

I’ve come across this problem a few different times and each time it was something different (e.g., broken shift cable and/or connectors, failed brake switch, or solenoid at the column). Have a certified mechanic, like one from YourMechanic, run an inspection to determine the source and cause of the shifting issue.

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