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My 1991 camry i can't get out of park unless i press the transmission

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my 1991 camry i can't get out of park unless i press the transmission shifter at the same time as i am pressing the shift lock override button than i am able to drive it
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Customer: Thank you , The I can't get get out of th park unless I am pressing the shift lock button at the same time than i am able to release the shift out of park and drive on.
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself?
Customer: Yes
JA: Great! What have you tried so far?
Customer: nothing yet but i think it may be somehting to do with the solinoid
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Toyota Mechanic should know about your Toyota?
Customer: This problem just happened after i installed a new battery as a result of an stop brake light that did not want to turn off
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Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Toyota
Expert:  Toyota Service replied 6 months ago.
Hello. Welcome to Just Answer. Please allow me to assist you. Please advise if the brake lights come on when you depress the brake pedal. Thanks
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Expert:  Toyota Service replied 6 months ago.
If the brake lights were staying on, this has most likely caused the shift interlock solenoid to fail. When the brake lights come on, the solenoid activates. It is not designed to be active for long periods of time. What has probably happened is the solenoid has overheated and the electrical coil has failed. This will require removal of the console & the entire shift lever assembly to access and replace the interlock solenoid assembly.

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