2006 Chevy Aveo will not come out of park


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2006 Chevy Aveo 4 cyl Four Wheel Drive Automatic 53000 miles

I pulled into my driveway, turned off the car, the ignition would not let me turn it all the way to the lock position to get the key out. I restarted the car, and tried to get it out of park. It would not come out of park. HELP!

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Monday, June 16th, 2008 AT 4:10 PM

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I had the exact same problem a few months back and I think I can help you.

For the short term you can get the car out of park using the shifter release. Near the shifter there is a spot that says "release". You pop off the tiny key cover there, and then you can use a small screwdriver (or the special release key that came with the car) to push down in that spot, enabling you to freely move the shifter.

To actually fix the problem, believe it or not all I had to do was replace the brake switch (a cheap $5 part). I found that out by accident when I realized my brake lights were not going on. I replaced the brake switch, and then magically my shifter was not stuck anymore. It's been 5 months now and the problem never happened again. I think what happens is when the brake switch is faulty, the car is not recognizing that you are stepping on the brakes, and therefore will not let you shift out of park (after all, you can not shift out of park unless your foot is on the brakes). This makes total sense since I only had the problem shifting the car out of park - once I would get it out of park the car would shift normally. So to sum it up, I am pretty sure all you need to do is replace the brake switch.

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Could also try this. Subject: Automatic Transaxle/Transmission Shift Lever May Not Shift Out of Park (Replace Brake Transaxle Shift Interlock (BTSI) Solenoid)

Models: 2004-2006 Chevrolet Aveo

2004-2007 Chevrolet Optra (Canada Only)

2005-2006 Pontiac Wave (Canada Only) Some customers may comment on either of the following conditions:

" The automatic transaxle shift lever may not shift out of the park position and the ignition key cannot be removed (North American vehicles only).

" The automatic transaxle shift lever may not shift out of the park position (vehicles outside of North America only). Replace the brake transaxle shift interlock (BTSI) solenoid. Here is the part number also
Solenoid A Select Lever (Left Hand Drive)

Solenoid A Select Lever (Right Hand Drive)

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Service Information
2007 Chevrolet Aveo | Aveo, Wave, G3, Barina (VIN S/T) Service Manual | Preliminary Information | Document ID: 2041336

#PIC4666: Shifter Stuck In Park - keywords brake ignition int intermittent out pedal poor shifter stuck remove unable - (Nov 29, 2007)

Subject: Shifter Stuck in Park

Models: 2007-2008 Chevrolet AVEO

2007-2008 Pontiac Wave

The following diagnosis might be helpful if the vehicle exhibits the symptom(s) described in this PI.

Shifter Stuck in Park

Before replacing any components, verify correct operation of the Stop Lamp Switch. Check for proper adjustment of the switch, poor electrical connection at the switch or incorrect operation of the switch contacts and repair as necessary. It has been identified that the brake switch is more likely the cause compared to the shifter assembly.

Do NOT replace the shifter unless the brake switch has been replaced or adjusted and the condition returns again.

Please follow this diagnostic or repair process thoroughly and complete each step. If the condition exhibited is resolved without completing every step, the remaining steps do not need to be performed.

GM bulletins are intended for use by professional technicians, NOT a "do-it-yourselfer". They are written to inform these technicians of conditions that may occur on some vehicles, or to provide information that could assist in the proper service of a vehicle. Properly trained technicians have the equipment, tools, safety instructions, and know-how to do a job properly and safely. If a condition is described, DO NOT assume that the bulletin applies to your vehicle, or that your vehicle will have that condition. See your GM dealer for information on whether your vehicle may benefit from the information.


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