Mechanics

STUCK IN PARK

2000 Subaru Forester • AWD • 95 miles

My 200 forrester was stuck in park. I followed the instructions in the owners' manual to release it by sticking a screwdriver in a hole. That works until I put it in park again, which I have to do to remove the key. Now I would like to diagnose the failure and fix it. Do you know how?
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June 7, 2011.



Most common is brake light switch failure or it circuit
Step on brakes and ask a helper to check if have stop light on
Check fuses
Check brake light switch
Check wiring

BMRFIXIT
Jun 7, 2011.
If the brake-light switch checks-out OK, you may need a shift-lock solenoid. They have had earth issues before, (like most makes of vehicle), so check the earth circuit when checking power to the solenoid with the brakes applied.

Tiny
Sixpack Subaru
Jun 20, 2011.