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1998 Forester. Shift lever stuck in Park. How do I release it?

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1998 Forester. Shift lever stuck in Park. How do I release it?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Randall C replied 8 years ago.

Hello, as you know this is a safety feature so as to not put in gear without hitting brake. You may have a bad brake switch. Check for brake lights. In the meantime, there maybe a small cutout opening about size of dime located near shifter. Pop off little cover and insert screwdriver to move solenoid arm while trying to push button and move from park. I put a pic below. You are trying to move the actiuator solenoid. If you have the owners manual, it iwll explain how to over ride "shift interlock" as well as 911 to move out of park.