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Old 05-20-2012, 10:49 PM   #1
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Recently I'm getting an irritatingly loud "click" sound from my console shifter. There appears to be what I'll describe as a shifter position sensor that'* attached to a bracket at the rear of the shifter. I don't know if thats what it'* called. Anyways, If the ignition is "on" or if the engine is started, when I push on the brake the Sensor engages and makes the click sound. It'll do it for every push of the brake. Click, click, click, click... but it doesn't do it when I put it in gear. It only happens in park. Any ideas on whats causing this?
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That is the brake release soleniod. It'* there to keep someone from shifting the car out of park w/o a foot being on the brake. It'* normal for it to do what you are saying in park with your foot on/off the brake.
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I agree that it'* there for a reason and most assuredly for the reason you state, but I've driven this car for 198,000 miles and it'* never made a sound. The only sound I've ever heard coming like it is a clicking when I push in the gear selector button on the shifter. Then I get a click from under the dash.

Wouldn't the sensor'* default position be engaged, and when I put my foot on the brake pedal it should stay engaged until the shifter is put into gear? allowing the shifter to move? Shouldn't the foot on the brake allow for the sensor to move but not actually move it itself?

Can somebody try their Bonneville and see if when in Park and the engine is turned on if the shifter position sensor continuosly engages and disengages with the brake pedal? And if it does is it an irritatingly loud noise?

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Sorry..I thought from reading your post that you meant you put your foot on and it clicked once. Then clicked again when you removed. As for the loudness, likely it'* about to break since you have driven a couple of miles. Might be time to check the parts bin for a fresher one.

If it'* clicking on/off etc with your foot still on the pedal, then it'* likely either going bad or has a wiring issue. I'd suspect the soleniod though.
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