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Mercedes s500 2002. Wont shift out of park

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Mercedes s500 2002. Won't shift out of park
If you roll up all the windows and turn the radio and a/c off. Listen closely for a small click around the shifter when you press the brake pedal. If you hear the click and the shifter is still stuck you will need a new shifter assembly. If you don't hear anything then you probably have a faulty stop lamp switch. They are available at the dealership for about $20 and can be replaced fairly easily. The driver's underdash panel comes down by unscrewing 3 screws and then you will be able to see the sensor mounted on the brake pedal assembly. The sensor is removed by turning clockwise while pressing the tab on the sensor. It should be easily seen with a flashlight. There is no release on the s-class shifter so the only way to get it out of park is to remove the shift knob by turning the collar on the bottom counter clockwise and pulling the knob up off the shaft. You then must use a rubber mallet to hit the top of the shifter shaft while pulling back on the shaft with the other hand. Do this with the engine off, key on. Then proceed to start the car in neutral.
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