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98 malibu wont shift out of park

Customer Question

98 malibu won't shift out of park
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Chevy
Customer: replied 8 years ago.

1998 Chevrolet malibu v-6

Already Tried:
lubricating shift button,hitting the brake several times. .at first with pressure on button could get out of first was on cold morning now can not get out of park at all.
Expert:  Super Mechanic replied 8 years ago.

Hello and welcome to Just, Super mechanic here. About your vehicle.


Do the brake lights come on when you step on the pedal?


Can you hear a slight click inside the shifter housing when you step on the brake with the KEY ON?

Customer: replied 8 years ago.

yes, we have brake lights

however there is no click with key on when brake is depressed

Expert:  Super Mechanic replied 8 years ago.

You will want to check the #42 fuse in the under hood fuse center, (NSBU)








If that fuse is good, then there may be some gummy debris down in the shifter housing.

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
we are checking the fuse, the gummy deposit you mention can be removed how? would that cause the shift button to not depress completely?
Expert:  Super Mechanic replied 8 years ago.

Yes, there is a little rod that has to pop in to be able to get it out of park. Sometimes the actuator might be good, but the rod gets a little gummed up in there. Here is where it is.




Customer: replied 8 years ago.

would something like chemtool rinse the debri out? by applying around the shift button it self or is it lower down the shifter.

Expert:  Super Mechanic replied 8 years ago.
No, it is all the way down in there. Might be easier to take the console out and that would give you a chance to test the actualtor as well.