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Old 03-15-2012, 08:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Exclamation 2008 JLX SX4 Stuck in Park

I did a search but just got a page of unrelated issues - My SX4 has recently started getting stuck in Park (especially at Tim Hortons Drive-Thru!). I have been able to switch off the engine and restart and perhaps have to repeat several times before the shifter will move out of Park. I'm guessing this indicates a faulty relay somewhere?
If the little round rubber grommet by the passenger side of the shifter is removed can the shifter be manually moved to Drive?
Is this a common issue with SX4s?
Thanks for any help!
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Are you firmly pressing the brake pedal when trying to move the shifter?

That's supposed to be a mechanical linkage.

On my 2006 Forenza, I had a problem where the shifter did not change the transmission as needed. The Problem turned out to be a Shift-Selector Position switch on the outside of the AT, which, of course, was NOT covered under the Power Train Warranty.
That little switch wound up costing me $145 to replace, at the dealer.

I hope your solution is cheaper than that.

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Thanks, Shadow, yes the brake pedal is fully depressed, I've checked that. I've had the car from new and driven 123000kms. The issue has just started in the past two weeks. I suspect its an electrical problem as depressing the brake pedal activates the relay to release the shifter? Once its released there's no problem moving to R, N, D, 3, 2 L
I don't know where the relay is or if its even a DIY job, but I think this is not an uncommon problem across different Suzuki models? If so, perhaps they have the same relay?
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If the little round rubber grommet by the passenger side of the shifter is removed can the shifter be manually moved to Drive?
Is this a common issue with SX4s?
There's a solenoid activated by the brake pedal and a cable interlock operated by twisting the ignition switch. If it's the solenoid not operating you can bypass it by pushing down on the release plate under the rubber plug.

If you find that even bypassing the solenoid still doesn't let the shift lever move then it would be the cable interlock.

AFAIK this isn't a common problem, I only recall 1 other posting that didn't include what the outcome was.
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Thanks Paul - I'm guessing the solenoid as it is only a problem when the engine is running. Although I did have one incident when the keyless start did not work (steering was not locked and batteries are new in my remotes and both always in my pockets) and I had to use the key. Immediately after that the keyless start operated normally. While in Park, I occasionally check that its not stuck and it may be okay and then a minute later it is stuck so it is intermittent which makes me think I need to have the solenoid checked.
Thanks for your comments - much appreciated!
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