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CHRYSLER PACIFICA: Chrysler Pacifica, will not shift out of

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Chrysler Pacifica, will not shift out of park, what do I check ?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Transmissions
Expert:  Ron Z. replied 2 years ago.
When the shifter will not release from Park, first, check the rear brake lights and see if they are working when you step on the brake pedal. If the lights are NOT working, check the fuses and make sure all are good. If the fuses are good, then the problem will lie in the BRake Light Switch located at the top of the brake pedal arm, under the driver's side dash. This switch controls the brake lights but also sends a signal to the Shift Interlock telling it to release when the brake pedal is depressed. Inspect the electrical connector and harness for any loose, broken of damaged wires. Inspect the switch mount and contact points for any broken or misaligned parts. If the visual inspection checks ok, replace the brake light switch. If the brake lights ARE working and still no shifter release, the problem will lie in the Shift Interlock System. The shift cable and shifter assembly will need to be inspected for any broken or misaligned parts. Broken spring and/or rods are a common fail item here. Please do the right thing and remember to leave a rating using the stars at the top right of this page or accept the answer so I may be credited for this Q&A. You can ask follow-up questions even after you rate or accept.

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