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Lexus LS400: I have 1993 Lexus LS 400, Can't get out of

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Hi I have 1993 Lexus LS 400, Can't get out of park. Liquid spill.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Lexus
Expert:  Toyota Service replied 2 years ago.
Hello,. Welcome to Just Answer. Please allow me to assist you.
What you have here is a failed or sticking transmission lever shift solenoid.
To get to this, you need to remove the center console and the shifter assembly. This is not an eashy task for one who may not be mechanically inclined (apologies; I do not know if you can perform this task or not)
If you cannot perform the removal of the console and the shifter assembly (under the shifter is the solenoid unit that needs replaced), the vehicle will need towed to the shop. The only way to move the car with the shifter seized in Park would be to disconnect the shift cable from the transmission, or, move the vehicle around with a floor jack so the tow truck can get to it.
If you have any questions, please reply
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

If i send to repair shop, what is the estimated cost?

Expert:  Toyota Service replied 2 years ago.
The labor will be in the vicinity of three to 4 hours. Labor rates vary from shop to shop. In my shop, that would be 3 to 400 dollars.
Regarding the solenoid, if liquid was spilled on it, they might be able to clean it and re-use it. The problem we face here is the broken over-ride button. If you want to replace that (and you should); you will need the entire shift over-ride solenoid assembly. This is going to cost around 400 or so dollars, if my memory serves me correctly
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I can follow good instructions. Do you have step by step instructions and photos, should I attempt opening and replacing the shift assemby myself. Thanks

Expert:  Toyota Service replied 2 years ago.
Apologies, I do not have any pictures that I can transmit.