ONCE IN AWHILE WHEN I START THE CARIT WONT ...

1998 Saturn SL1

Tiny

SS350

December, 7, 2012 AT 6:29 AM

Once in awhile when I start the car, it wont shift out of park. What could the problem be? Any help would be appreciated.

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14 Answers

Tiny

rasmataz

December, 7, 2012 AT 6:43 AM

Check/Test the brake switch and the shift interlock control solenoid-

Tiny

SS350

December, 7, 2012 AT 3:04 PM

Thanks! I was thinking it was an electrical problem. Where would the shift interlock control solenoid be located?

Tiny

saturntech9

December, 7, 2012 AT 5:25 PM

Just to add to this the shift interlock solenoid is at the base of the inside shifter the solenoid or the solenoids arm it attaches to at the shifter is gummed up with coffee soda etc. Two main causes of your symptoms bad solenoid or gummed up shifter. Does the solenoid click when stepping on the brake when it wont. Come out of park?

Tiny

SS350

December, 7, 2012 AT 7:40 PM

Hi Saturntech9. It just happened again, there was no audible clicking noise. Thanx for the advice.

Tiny

saturntech9

December, 8, 2012 AT 1:24 AM

Make sure it has power and ground going to it when its not clicking if so most likely bad solenoid.

Tiny

SS350

December, 8, 2012 AT 1:31 AM

Thanks again, I will check that out tomorrow.

Tiny

saturntech9

December, 8, 2012 AT 2:15 AM

Keep me posted can you hear it clicking when the shifter comes out of park?

Tiny

SS350

December, 8, 2012 AT 10:10 PM

@ Saturntech9.I Checked the power and the ground to the solenoid and it was ok.I just replaced the switch and hope that's the end of the problem. Thanks again for all of your help. Appreciate it.

Tiny

saturntech9

December, 9, 2012 AT 1:42 AM

Sounds good you replaced the solenoid?Did you check to make sure the arm it hooks to wasnt gummed up?

Tiny

SS350

December, 9, 2012 AT 1:47 AM

Yes. Replaced the solenoid. Everything looked very clean.

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