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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-30-2009, 08:15 AM Thread Starter
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Car will not shift out of park ?

My 96 Caprice is stuck in park. I can barely move the shifter. Where do I start? I'm pretty baffled and hoping has something to do with it being 11 degrees out last night. Any help is appreciated.

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Sounds like water has gotten into the cable and frozen. Don't force it and break that cable: you can't buy them.

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check to see if your brake lites are working the shift interlock circuit feeds off it

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check to see if your brake lites are working the shift interlock circuit feeds off it
This was it. I wasn't sure about the brake lights until I went back to check it out with my wife this morning. I wiggled the stop light switch and was able to shift again and get the car home. My brake lights are still intermittent, so I guess I have to check the switch again. Thanks everyone for the help.

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Seems to be a decently common issue on the B-body line. The brake light switch fails. But typically, it will fail so the brakes are always on. I would just replace the switch. It was about $15 last time I replaced one. One of my cars has a hidden switch, that makes is so the shift lever can't be moved even when you press on the brakes. My dad sat there for a few minutes when I armed it, and forgot to tell him about it. "WTF is wrong with your car, Cory!!"

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It's like $9 or was from RMS. get one, and you'll be happy. Mine used to be messed up where it would let you move it in and out of park with no brake.

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Thanks everyone. If it's that cheap, I'll just get a new one and stop messing with the old one.

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personally i remove the shift interlock on my cars but thats my preference

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