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Old 12-10-2009, 11:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 2004 Verona Shift Lock issue

I've had my Verona for almost 5 years... the warranty ran out due to mileage about a year and a half ago. Unfortunately, the car has developed the shift lock issue where I cannot move the shifter (automatic) until I depress the "lever" in the Shift Lock Release opening.

I am doing everything else one is supposed to do - turn the car on, depress the pedal, etc.

I've hunted around for solutions, and I've found quite a few but all of them mostly point to other Suzuki models - the Forenza and / or Vitara. I haven't seen any specific solutions for the Verona itself.

My primary question is : Do I have to actually replace the Shift Lock Relay in the console to fix this problem? Or are there other possible solutions - specific to Veronas - that I can check first?
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check your brake switch first. easier to do and more common than the solenoid..
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My brake switch? Where is that located - does it say in the car manual?
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My brake switch? Where is that located - does it say in the car manual?
its mounted on the brake pedal bracket near the steering column.

when you press the brake pedal, the switch closes the circuit to turn on the brake lights and release the shifter (as long as the trans is in park)

first check if the brake lights are working when you press the brake pedal..
thats the easiest test. then we'll go from there.
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Default shifter problems too

Im having the same type of issue. After starting the car I press on the brake prior to shifting into drive but the shifter moves on its own.

I sometimes hear clicking under the dash near the steering column.
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Sorry this is such a late reply, but I don't have any brake lights. Actually, at all... regardless of whether or not the car is in park or in drive. I never even noticed it until I checked earlier this week.

Would the brake switch not functioning correctly cause both brake lights to stop functioning?
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yup. sounds like the brake switch, just make sure you checked the fuses first..
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Yep, I've triple checked all the fuses - and they are all fine, none blown.

So, with this, all I should need to do is replace the brake switch to fix the problem then?
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that is correct..
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You might want to check the ignition switch as well as the brake switch. I was having the same problem you descibed, the dealer could find no problem. A few weeks later the ignition switch froze completely. Fortunately for me the car was off & in my garage, but still had to be towed to the dealer. The dealer "fixed" it under warranty, but the same problem with the shift lock came back a few months later, followed shortly afterward by the ignition switch failing again just after the warranty expired. I was able to get the key to move that time by wiggling it for about 20 minutes. I took the car to a locksmith who rebuilt the switch with all new pins and it has worked fine for about 3+ years now. My car, 2004 Verona, according to the locksmith has a very deep cup at the beginning of the key witch causes the 1st pin in the ignition to become bent & not line up correctly.
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