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This is a discussion on Can't shift out of park within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; I searched but didn't find anything. My wife's Forrester has a problem shifting the auto tranny out of park. We ...

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    Can't shift out of park

    I searched but didn't find anything.

    My wife's Forrester has a problem shifting the auto tranny out of park. We have to override it by pushing the button next to the shifter.

    I think the faulty part is located in the steering column, because I can hear it clicking while attempting to move the shifter. The problem is intermittent, but getting progressively worse.

    Can anyone tell me what specifically this is? I would like to replace it myself.
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    So you're able to turn the engine over and freely move the steering wheel correct?

    Could be the brake light switch, solenoid or relay that allows the shifter to release. Also double check the fuses related to brakes or the A/T are blown.

    My guess is the brake light switch
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ying View Post
    So you're able to turn the engine over and freely move the steering wheel correct?

    Could be the brake light switch, solenoid or relay that allows the shifter to release. Also double check the fuses related to brakes or the A/T are blown.

    My guess is the brake light switch
    Yes.

    I'll check the fuses but as I mentioned, it doesn't happen all the time.

    Can you tell me where the brake light switch and solenoid are located?
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    The brake light switch should be under the dash above the brake pedal.

    I believe the solenoid would be under the housing where the shifter is located. I'll have to check on that though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ying View Post
    Could be the brake light switch, solenoid or relay...

    My guess is the brake light switch
    Had the same problem on my Audi a few years back. Fortunately, that switch was adjustable via a screw.

    Park where you can see your brake lights. When you can't shift out of park, are the lights on?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PurpleMongoose View Post
    Had the same problem on my Audi a few years back. Fortunately, that switch was adjustable via a screw.

    Park where you can see your brake lights. When you can't shift out of park, are the lights on?
    Will check this out. thanks!
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