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The shift lock on an Automatic Jetta won't let the car out of park (yes the brake is pressed).

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Old 10-19-2006, 02:54 PM   #1
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Default The shift lock on an Automatic Jetta won't let the car out of park (yes the brake is pressed).

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Where is the manual override to release the shift lock on a Jetta?
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Old 10-19-2006, 02:56 PM   #2
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Default Was it parked on a hill? The torque converter could be locked up -- if so you need someone

to push the car in the opposite load direction to take the strain off.
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Old 10-19-2006, 02:57 PM   #3
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Default the brake pedal switch/sensor might be loose or disconnected. try putting it in neutral before

you start it, that's what I had to do with my old car when that happened. The switch tells the computer that you have the brake depressed and can shift the car out of park
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Old 10-19-2006, 02:59 PM   #4
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Default Tried that, but it won't let the car into D or R. Every time you restart the car it locks.

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Old 10-19-2006, 02:59 PM   #5
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Default Maybe a problem with the ignition?

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Old 10-19-2006, 03:00 PM   #6
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Default Did you check the ignition switch?

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Old 10-19-2006, 03:00 PM   #7
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Default I am 90% sure pedal switch/sensor... is there a manual override to get it moving?

That way he can drive to the dealership and get it fixed. Otherwise it needs to be towed.
More $$$ (out of warr)
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Old 10-19-2006, 03:01 PM   #8
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Default srsly, check the switch on the brake pedal (up at the top of the pedal arm)

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Default Starts, stops, runs fine, and the wheel turns. I think it's the sensor on the brake.

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Old 10-19-2006, 03:03 PM   #10
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Default If the switch is broke it will need replaced. Looking for a temp workaround to drive it.

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Old 10-19-2006, 03:03 PM   #11
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Default Could be, but you can "kick" it into gear.

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Old 10-19-2006, 03:04 PM   #12
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Default IIRC there was a recall on Jettas for that same issue

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Old 10-19-2006, 03:05 PM   #13
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Default Pull the sensor and bridge it?

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Old 10-19-2006, 03:05 PM   #14
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Default Well, in the B5 A4, the switch would stick at a certain point and not release the shift lever.

The car starts and turns off, but because of a broken ignition switch housing, it wouldn't allow the shift lever to move.
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Default Are you getting brake lights when you depress the brake? This is a common problem on LRs too and

is caused by a bad brake light switch. After having it happen once to me, I bought a spare switch and keep it in the car. Not that that helps you right now...
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Old 10-19-2006, 04:00 PM   #16
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Default Rattle the hell out of the gear selector. It may slip out of Park... or...

You'll have to fiddle with both the selector and the key, trying to find the middle ground where it slides out of Park.

Common problem with these cars.
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Old 10-20-2006, 06:11 AM   #17
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Default I just fixed this on my wifes '01 last weekend

It is the brake light switch. It serves a double duty to release the Shift lock. This item is recalled. I paid $17 for it and it took 5 minutes. You need to remove the three torx screws to drop the plastic panel under the dash-above the pedals. There is a purple switch that is engaged when the pedal is up. Unplug, give it a 90 degree turn and out it comes. Hold the pedal up and install the new one. DO NOT touch the plunger before installing
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