97 sidekick shift lock solenoid
Hello to all! I have a '97 Sidekick JX with the 1.6L engine & auto transmission. I have recently been having trouble with the shifter solenoid that locks the shifter in park unless you have your foot on the brake. In warm weather it seems to work fine, but in cooler weather it won't engage. If I shut off the car say to get gas, or even put it in park running say in the drive thru or bank line, I have to wait for awhile before it will click for me to put it in drive. Very frustrating!!!!
I tore apart the console, located the solenoid and tested it over and over on a fairly warm day. Worked every time, until I started to put everything back together. Now it won't work at all. I pulled the plug on the lead to the solenoid, and tested the 2 pins that feed it, and 1 side was ground and I expected to see 12vdc on the other pin when I pressed the brake pedal. Nothing.
The Chilton book I have on the car doesn't have any mention of this device whatsoever. I have looked cover to cover. I am assuming that it is getting switched somehow thru the brake switch, since thats all I can find to trigger it. My brake switch is definitely working for the brake lights.
I had started out thinking that it was just a bad solenoid that when it got a little cold, it was getting gummed up and not pulling in. Now I'm not sure. Does anyone have a schematic that may show the path of this circuit, or any suggestions they could throw out there?
I would appreciate it greatly, since it is my wife's car, and she has been on my butt to get it fixed before winter and now I've made it worse than it was. HELP!!!