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Alero stuck in gear

Daughter called last night, auto trans shifter stuck in park, shifter won’t move from park…any ideas?

Either the switch on the brake pedal or the shift lock mechanism has failed and must be replaced.

Have a second person stand behind the car to see if the brake lights are coming ON. The park interlock uses that same voltage to pull the interlock solenoid back. If you are not getting the brake lights coming ON, check the brake fuse and then the brake light switch on the brake pedal arm, as ‘wizard’ suggested. It might just need adjustment.

If you listen closely to a correctly operating park interlock mechanism, you can usually hear the solenoid ‘thump’ when the brake pedal is pushed. Does she hear the ‘thump’?

Hope this helps

I’m going to take a shot in the dark.

I’ll bet the parking pawl is bent.