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2006 Impala: release from park. Have console shifter cover removed.

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2006 Impala. Shifter will not release from park. Have console shifter cover removed. Can't locate release for shifter. Can anyone help?
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This is a very common issue on this vehicle. Specifically what has happened is this, the wiring on the passenger side of the shifter in the console has broken off at the connector. Inside that assembly is the shifter release solenoid as well as the switch to control the solenoid that releases the key.
The manual release for the shifter is also on the side of this assembly. You are able to reach this with the passenger seat back, then flex the trim the bottom of the console at the level of the front of the seat slightly, then you can reach your hand up underneath in order to press the button.
The repair will require the new connector and pigtail. The updated part is about $50, and the wiring inside the connector is much heavier to prevent this from happening again. If you pop the ring around the top off, which extends into the storage bin in front, you will be able to see down the back passenger side the connector from the top. I realize this will be rather snug and difficult to get into, but it is possible with the use a long tool that has a 90° point at the end. The alternative will require removing the center console to gain access. If you are able to undo the connector, there is enough length that you can bring the connector with the wiring out under the passenger side trim and splice the new wires in.
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