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2006 Volvo S40 My daughter started having trouble with the

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2006 Volvo S40
My daughter started having trouble with the gear shift knob, it kind got stucked and it would not let her change gear from P to D. Since the blind was broken we thought maybe it was just a piece of the plastic stucked in there. My mechanic came (no expertise on Volvo, I'm in Mexico and there is no Volvo in the city) and after taking apart the middle console, taking out the broken blind, and still having trouble with the gear stick, he figures is the housing
(Part 30759916). I just want to make sure before I order the part.... I have a feeling it might be the solenoid which does not come with the housing.
The only thing I notice is that when I push on the brake a horizontal lever gets released and let's the gear stick move; after moving the stick a couple of times from P to D the horizontal lever does not respond when I push on the brake and does not let the gear stick move. I have a short video clip. Let me know if this would help.
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Volvo
Expert:  rpmdiag replied 6 months ago.

Hi, I'm Ron and I will be helping you today.
Stand by for a moment while I prepare your answer.

Expert:  rpmdiag replied 6 months ago.

It sounds more like a brake switch problem to me, so you should confirm this with a scan of the computer system in bidirectional mode testing the body module first.

Thanks, Ron

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
do you have a part no for that?
Expert:  rpmdiag replied 6 months ago.

We don't sell parts, just information like I gave to you. Most any parts store should have that switch though, you don't need a dealer for it.

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Customer: replied 6 months ago.
I know I dont need a dealer for that but I'm paying for DETAILED help. I cannot find a "brake switch" in my parts diagram and I'm wondering if it comes with the housing
Expert:  rpmdiag replied 6 months ago.

No it does not, the brake switch is down at the pedal, not at the shifter. The job of the brake switch is to release the shifter.

Thanks again,

Ron

Expert:  rpmdiag replied 6 months ago.

Also, by use of the scan tool, you can also test the shift interlock solenoid which can also cause this issue. This solenoid gets its' command from the brake switch also, to release the shifter.

Our goal here is to assist you in the repair of your vehicle by
supplying you with well educated information. We may not always
have the exact fix you wanted to hear, but our job is to get you on
the right track, which we always do. We can’t hear, see, smell or
touch your vehicle from where we’re at, so your understanding of
that is greatly appreciated. There are no magical or miraculous
answers, but we do our best to guide you in the right direction.

Thanks again,

Ron

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Where does the brake switch go?
Expert:  rpmdiag replied 6 months ago.

Right at the top of the brake pedal. You can see it looking up under the dash.

Thanks again and please remember that I don't get credit for assisting you until you have rated me:) I have supplied you with valid and truthful information.

Ron

Expert:  rpmdiag replied 6 months ago.

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Thanks again, Ron

Expert:  rpmdiag replied 6 months ago.

Did you have any more question?

Thanks, Ron