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You have a geo prism 1994 it was running great you stoped the car at a resturunt and now the gear shifter will not move and half of the electrical in side is not working you changed the battery alread?

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2006-07-02 22:19:27
2006-07-02 22:19:27

Check your fuses. Most newer cars have a lock switch for the transmission that prevents you putting it in gear unless you have your foot on the brake pedal.

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