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Old 03-12-2011, 10:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Twice during the past few days my '08 GV transmission will not shift out of the Park position. The first time I just "played" with it and it finally shifted. But this evening it did the same thing again, and the only way I could get it to shift out of park was to remove the plastic cover on the "shift lock" button, and push a small screw driver in there which then allowed me to move the transmission into drive. Anyone know what is going on ? Thanks for any advice
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Old 03-13-2011, 01:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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One thing you could do is check the fuse for the brake lights. A while back my fuse failed and it would not shift out of park. Replaced it, problem solved. Worth a look.
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One thing you could do is check the fuse for the brake lights. A while back my fuse failed and it would not shift out of park. Replaced it, problem solved. Worth a look.
Yep, sounds like the fuse is gone.. I totally agree with that advice.

If that does not solve your problem, then have a really good listen to your car when you press the brake. Does the solenoid releasing the gear lever work? You should be able to hear a faint click coming from the gear changer. If this does sound, but you still can't change it from park, then perhaps there is a mechanical failure of some kind in the gear changer itself.

No click, most likely, no good fuse...
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Hmmm...another reason to prefer manual transmissions...
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Ran into the same problem today. I checked all the fuses, inside and outside of the car. Nothing appears to be blown. I did notice that the tail lights will come on, however neither the brake lights nor the reverse lights will come on. I was also told by my wife that one of the cigarette lighters in the car won't work either. Could these be related, and which fuse should I be looking for for these particular components?
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thats what happened to mine. i just looked under the dash, and replaced the accessory and brake fuses. no problem after that
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Ran into the same problem today. I checked all the fuses, inside and outside of the car. Nothing appears to be blown. I did notice that the tail lights will come on, however neither the brake lights nor the reverse lights will come on. I was also told by my wife that one of the cigarette lighters in the car won't work either. Could these be related, and which fuse should I be looking for for these particular components?
How did you check the fuses ??

Did you pull the accessory and brake light fuses out, and buzz them with a meter, or did you just look at them?

Spade type fuses are notorious for looking ok, but being blown anyway..
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How did you check the fuses ??

Did you pull the accessory and brake light fuses out, and buzz them with a meter, or did you just look at them?

Spade type fuses are notorious for looking ok, but being blown anyway..
I just pulled them out and looked at them, although I did replace one (now that I think of it I cant remember which one it was.. lol) despite them looking ok. I was sort of under the impression they'd look blown similar to how an amp fuse might look after blown. I'll go ahead and replace them all and see if it helps.
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Update: Just went to the store, bought a fuse tester and a bunch of fuses. Tested everything and all fuses were ok according to the fuse tester. I did replace one though and now the reverse light comes on, but still no brake lights. This includes the top brake light as well as both side brake lights. The tail lights are on, no brake lights though. Car is still stuck in park. I replaced three fuses inside the car, one under the hood. Everything else checks out ok.

Basically, it's not a fuse issue any more and the brake lights will not come on, nor will the secondary cigar lighter (the one closest to the driver seat). This also happened while the car had been sitting for probably about a month or so, maybe less. A side note, there is significant corrosion on the positive terminal of the battery. Could this be causing the issue as well?

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Although the corroded battery terminal is not a good thing, I don't think its your problem. If the power is getting through for some things, it will be getting through for everything. A very heavy load like the starter motor might have trouble drawing enough power through a dodgy connection, but not a light bulb.

Have you checked the brake light switch on the top of the brake pedal? I don't have an AT, but surely the transmission interlock must get its signal from that switch. If that brake light switch is out of the loop, the brake lights won't work, neither will the AT interlock release and allow the transmission to shift out of park.

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