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So the shifter is stuck in park?
Can you tell if your brake lights are working?
When you say release button, are you referring to the manual release mechanism in the shifter base?
Ok. So there is also a manual release slot that you can activate if the shifter gets stuck.
The shifter has an interlock feature that activates with the brake pedal. Can you tell if your brake lights are working?
If the brake lights aren't working then the switch in the shifter won't be activated to let the shifter move and you will either need to repair the problem with the brake light switch or activate the manual override switch.
It's a little tricky to press the brake pedal and look at the back of the car at the same time ;-)
At the base of the shifter you will see a little slot. On some models the slot has a tiny plastic insert that you have to pry out. Other models the slot is open and is just big enough to insert a key.
It should look like this:
You will need to pry the little plastic tab out so that it exposes a slot big enough to insert the key or a thin flat screwdriver.
Insert a key and it will push down on a release lever allowing you to move the shifter.
If the brake lights are working then the problem is probably in the release solenoid under the shifter. They tend to get stuck or fail.
So that will at least get you moving, but if you want to fix the problem you will need to remove the shifter assembly and figure out what failed. Is that something you want to tackle?
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