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What causes a gear shift to get stuck in park

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What causes a gear shift to get stuck in park?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Honda
Expert:  Steve replied 7 years ago.
Do your brake lights come on when you apply the brakes?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
yes
Expert:  Steve replied 7 years ago.
OK that part of the system is ok then.
Do you hear a click near the shifter when you apply the brakes? Is the car idleing at the proper rpm's?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
havent noticed a click. does not always idle at the proper rpm's sometimes it goes up and down
Expert:  Steve replied 7 years ago.
With the engine off and the key to on see if it will come out of park and if not if you hear a click near the shifter.
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
i had to leave my car in a lot. i havent heard any clicks
Expert:  Steve replied 7 years ago.
With out doing some checks,which require you to be at the car do want guesses?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
yes. that's better than what i have now.
Expert:  Steve replied 7 years ago.
First there is a "shift lock release" which is the slot just left of the shifter. You can insert a key in that slot which will release the lock so you can shift to neutra and start the car.
If the shifter still doesn't move then you most likely have a bad shift cable or a drink was spilled on the shifter and the mechanisim has gotten gummed up.
Fuse number 15 in the under dash fuse box could be blown(clock will be out also)
The shift lock solenoid itself could be bad,or the interlock control unit itself could be bad.
I hope this helps.
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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Hey Steve, I was wrong, my brake lights are not coming on. What does this mean?
Expert:  Steve replied 7 years ago.
If the brake lights are not coming on and the horn also does not work you have a blown fuse.(likely the horn is bad)
If the horn works and the brake lights don't then the brake light switch is most likely bad.
If the system does not get an input that you have steped on the brake,the shifter will not unlock.
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Thanks. It was the brake switch!
Expert:  Steve replied 7 years ago.
Glad to help out.