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I have a 2002 Dodge Dakota. It occasionally won't shift out of park. The park shifter/cable has been replaced along with the brake switch. The dealer is out of ideas. It's hard to troubleshoot since it's working when I take it in. Any suggestions.
You need to verify if the stop lamps work when the shifter won't move out of park. You may have a problem with a voltage drop to the shifter interlock solenoid. If the stop lamps work when the shifter won't come out of park, the problem is most likely with the shift interlock solenoid that keeps the shifter from moving unless you step on the brake pedal.
Depending on what trans you have there is a method to adjust the shift interlock cable (shifter cable) for proper release. The diagram above shows the electrical connector to test proper voltage when depressing the brake, should be battery voltage.
45RFE - AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION ADJUSTMENTS - BRAKE TRANSMISSION SHIFT INTERLOCK Correct cable adjustment is important to proper interlock operation. The gearshift cable must be correctly adjusted in order to shift out of PARK.ADJUSTMENT PROCEDURE
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