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2000 outback legacy wagon car is stuck in park-can move with screwdriver-what is next step?

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βˆ™ 2009-10-05 02:41:26

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Have a Shop Inspect it

Obviously you have a defect in the shifter safety release mechanism. Have a shop check it out, it is not a large fix, though the parts price may be expensive if a new release solenoid is required. Cheers!

For the Subaru, try this. Remove the plastic center console surrounding the shifter. You'll have to kinda disassemble a fair bit around that shifter but you should be able to get it out (I think I had to start back at the center cubby arm rest.) Anyway, with the plastic cover removed, you should see a silenoid and a pivoting metal mechanism to the right of the shifter. This is the physical piece that locks out the shifter. You can see it work (or not work) by simply turning the key and parking brake. Anyway, OFTEN, this gets gummed up over the years by coffee, coke, etc... Simply cleaning the pivoting mechanism and adding a little lubricant cleared our problem up. I thought about replacing the silenoid but once I'd done it, it was so easy that I figured I could do it again if needed. Hope that helps for future Subaru owners.

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