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john 4/3/2011

1997 Pontiac Grand Prix GT 6 Cyl 3.8L

Transmissions & Drivetrains

Occasionally Console floor shifter will not come out of park without depressing shift lock release on console.

Also sometimes when this happens and I shut off the ignition the key cannot be removed, and the shift indicator on the instrument panel will flicker or glow even though the engine is off and the shifter is in park. Once I get the transmission in gear it functions fine in all gears. Could it be a misadjusted park lock cable or elec. park lock. The factory manual doesn't address these symptoms specifically. The Pontiac dealer wanted to replace the entire floor shifter assembly for about $600, but this seems unnecessary to me since it functions fine once I get it in gear. The problem only happens occasionally, regardless whether the car has set for a while or has been driven recently. The check engine light doesn't come on during the problem. Any suggestions ? Thank you. John.

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charleslong04 1/5/2013

Sounds like you have a bad neutral saftey switch


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