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Old 10-01-2003, 04:23 PM   #1
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When I push in brake to shift out of park it wont always let me. I have to repeatedly push in brake over and over and keep trying to shift into a gear before it finally lets me. Is there a little protection switch that needs replaced? and where is it? Its moms car and I think its a 99, not positive on year might have to find out and post if its needed.
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Are the brake lights working normally?
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yes the brake lights work fine.
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and the only click I hear is when I release the brakes.
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Yes, the switch is in the brake pedal, connected to the brake light/cruise switch. The solenoid is near the gear selector, and is controlled by the switch in the brake pedal.

It'* likely a bad solenoid or a switch.

You may be able to override it by putting the gear selector in N before you start the car.
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On mine (Olds LSS) the solenoid was unplugged when I bought the car. I just pulled out my cupholder and plugged it back together. Granted we have different consoles, but you should be able to find a white plastic plug somewhere in your console and cut the power to the solenoid. It'* a slight safety concern, but didn't we do fine for 50 years without shift interlocks?
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Excellant advice thanks guys - I will let you know what worked when I get a chance to work on it this weekend. Thanks ALOT!!!
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Fuddyduddy - your advice on bypassing works great - if i turn key on and put in Neutral first then start car it goes into gear like normal. This will be a major saver until I can get switch replaced thank you and thanks to everyone who responded you guys are great.
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