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1998 Mazda 626 DX 4dr Sedan Auto

1998 Mazda 626
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Front Wheel Drive, 4 Door Sedan, Mid-Size
22 mpg city / 29 mpg hwy
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December 2, 2012, 10:25 am

Terra G

Question: Automatic Shifter in a 98 mazda 626

Sooo I am unable to get my shifter out of park in my mazda. When I push the release button for the shifter I can feel it in the brake pedal. Somewhere between the break pedal and the shifter something is not connecting anymore. How can I fix this

December 8, 2012, 4:04 pm

Ron W
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There is a shift interlock cable and/or solenoid between the brake pedal and the shifter. It is designed not to let the shifter move out of park unless the brake pedal is depressed. That way you don't start moving unintentionally. Sounds like yours is broken.

In many cars if you move the ignition key back to the position just before run, you can move the shifter out of park without the cable, so you might try that to be able to move the car. If it works, just start the car in neutral until you can fix the cable. If it won't release, you will have to change the cable in order to drive the car.

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