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Won't shift out of park

Start car, but won't shift out of park.

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GMC vehicles of that vintage had a safety switch
attached to the metal brackets under the dashboard that had a plastic plunger actuated by your pushing on the brake pedal to allow the shift mechanism to move out of park.
This prevented starting the car in a drive gear.
You had to push the brake pedal first before it would shift into gear.
On mine, I found the black vacuum hose very sensitive, and have had to remove the panel under the steering wheel so I could access that switch whenever mine did the same as yours.
God bless your efforts.

Posted on Jan 25, 2016

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Hi JoAnn,sounds like you have a bad neutral safety switch.

  • Neutral safety switch sends a signal to the on-board computer to allow the engine to start and to engage the transmission
  • When not replaced, vehicle may experience no start and/or transmission will not shift out of park.Here's alink on how to replace it.
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Posted on Jan 25, 2016

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