Transmission sticks in park


#1

I have a 2000 kia sportage that the transmission sticks in park and most of the time has to be released by using the ignition key in the override hole to diengage park. Is this something i can adjust or do i have to take and have out of pocket expenses at the dealer?


#2

Check the brake light switch under the dashboard. If the switch is incorrectly adjusted it won’t release the transmission lever when you step on the brake. If this is the problem it’s also possible that your brake lights are not working. Check and see if the lights are working when you step on the brake pedal.


#3

This may be a bit of a long shot based on your description, but do you use the parking brake every time you park before you put the car into park? Are you parking on a hill?