1998 Saturn won't shift out of park

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by coachdon, Jan 30, 2009.

  1. coachdon

    coachdon Guest

    My '98 Saturn sometimes won't shift out of park. The shift lever wil
    not move even with the button pushed. Eventually it will suddenly mov
    easily. What could be the issue
    coachdon, Jan 30, 2009
  2. coachdon

    Oppie Guest

    Most of the automatic transmissions have an solenoid activated pawl that
    keeps the shifter locked in park unless two conditions are satisfied:
    1) Foot is on the brake.
    2) shifter release button is pressed.

    If the brake lights are not working properly, this is the first thing to
    With foot on brake and pushing the release button, you should hear a click
    of the solenoid activating and withdrawing the locking pawl.
    When the shifter eventually does move, is it smooth (ie is it a shift
    linkage issue)?

    Check the owner's manual. There is usually a section on emergency bypass of
    the shift lock. I don't recommend this as a fix but only as part of
    diagnosing the root cause.
    Oppie, Feb 3, 2009
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