Toyota Repair Problems? Ask a Mechanic for Answers ASAP
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Yes there is a easy way around this, would you like assistance fixing this or just advise on how to get it out of gear easily so you can drive it?
Look just above the "P" position on the shifter base, there is a small panel that pops up, remove this and use an ink pen to push down in this opening. This is the shift lock override. Start the car and this acts in place of the shift lock solenoid.
CHECK TO BE SURE THAT THE BRAKE LAMPS ARE OPERATING ON THE CAR before you drive it, the shift lock solenoid recieves a signal from the brake light circuit, you may have a blown fuse and no brake lamps causing your issue but this will get you out of gear for now.
If you puched down on the shift override lever it should release the shifter....are you sure you are engaging the shaft down there to properly override it?????
There is a 15 amp fuse labeled STOP that controls the circuit.
The brake lamps operate off the brake lanp switch on the brake pedal, the switch is powered by the 15 amp STOP fuse that powers the switch/shift lock and brake lamps. Check the fuse first.
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