What are the symptoms of a bad shift interlock solenoid?

If the shift interlock solenoid has gone bad, the vehicle will not shift out of park, even with your foot on the brake pedal. This is a big problem because you will not be able to drive your vehicle anywhere. If this occurs, most vehicles have a shifter release.

Where is the shift interlock solenoid located?

The shift interlock solenoid is located underneath the shifter console right alongside the shifter lever. To access the shift interlock solenoid, you must remove the center console.

What is brake shift interlock?

The brake shift interlock is a crucial safety feature which ensures that the vehicle will not be shifted out of park without first having the brake pedal depressed; this keeps the vehicle from being accidentally shifted into reverse or drive by an errant driver or passenger, including children who may successfully move …

What causes a gear shifter to lock up?

The most common cause is the brake/shift interlock, discussed in the next section. Another cause is too much force applied by the park gear. Parking on an incline may cause our shifter to stick in the park position. If we release our brakes, after we shift into park position, the vehicle may roll.

What causes shift solenoids to go bad?

A transmission solenoid can fail due to electrical issues, or dirty fluid that’s caused the shift solenoid to become stuck open / closed.

How does a shift interlock solenoid work?

The shifter interlock solenoid prevents you from shifting from Park to Drive without first hitting the brake. When you press the brake pedal, the solenoid receives a signal that tells it to release the mechanical lock on the shifter.

What does the shift lock override button do?

The shift lock override button can be used to release the plate stopper from the shift lock plate, releasing the shift lever so it can be moved from the Park position.