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Old 04-02-2012, 08:06 AM
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Automatic transmissions don't have synchros, so I'm a little confused by your dealer's diagnosis. What did they finally end up replacing?

Often, failure to pull out of Park is due to a problem with the BTSI system (brake switch, BTSI solenoid, adjustment, etc.). Did it feel like it was jammed at the shifter itself, or like the shifter would move but the lever on the trans wouldn't?

Yes, all automatics have an emergency manual override that will allow you to pull the shifter out of Park. Typically, the BTSI solenoid must be powered in order to UNBLOCK the shift lever and allow you to pull out of Park. So if your battery is dead, you will be stuck in Park. If you need to tow a vehicle with a dead battery, then you have to use the manual override to pull it out of Park for towing.
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