Gear shifter is stuck in reverse

Tiny
DAVIDEISEN
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  • 2006 CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER
  • 153,000 MILES
Gear shift is stuck in reverse, car wont start, the knob to move shifter will not depress. All the lights come on in the car, the gear shift is stuck in the reverse position. What can I do to try and fix it? How do I remove the gear shift? What else could it be. The car was running great earlier today, then tonight this happened out of the blue.
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Friday, September 13th, 2013 AT 9:34 PM

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Tiny
TY ANDERSON
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A few things happening here. There is a switch on the brake pedal that tells the shifter to unlock with the key on and the brake pedal depressed. You need to find out if you getting power to the brake pedal switch and through the switch if that is good you'll need to find if your getting power to the shifter lock (with the brake pedal pressed) You will need to remove the center console to gain access to the shifter assembly to test or bypass the shift interlock mechanism that is locking the shifter in place. Remove the screws and trim pieces to gain access to the shifter.
Let me know if you have any more questions
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Sunday, September 15th, 2013 AT 8:56 AM
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KEN
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This can be one of two things. Either the interlock solenoid is not working or the shift cable is broken or seized down at the transmission which is common. Get under the car by the selector shaft at the transmission and have someone move the shift lever back and fourth you will see the cable is separated from the mount.

Here is a guide so you can jack up the car safely and some diagram (below) to show you the repair

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/jack-up-and-lift-your-car-safely

I would also check the fuses to make sure the solenoid is getting power.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-a-car-fuse

Here is the shift cable for $47.00 on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0013FW68K/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=2carprcom-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B0013FW68K&linkId=fb75f5b4c858cb6c29ac94c0eb061d89

Check out the diagrams (Below)

Let us know how it goes, we are here to help at 2CarPros

Best, Ken
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Thursday, August 11th, 2016 AT 10:51 AM
Tiny
ALBERTO TORRES DROZ
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I had the same problem with my trailblazer I check the shifter cable and it was the shifter cable bushing that's that small rubber piece on the shifter
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Tuesday, July 11th, 2017 AT 10:04 AM
Tiny
KEN
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Great addition to this thread! Please feel free to help out whenever you are on the site :)

Cheers, Ken
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Tuesday, July 11th, 2017 AT 4:24 PM

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