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97 Civic starts but wont come out of park unless I use the key slot to unlock it

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Old 06-02-2013, 12:27 PM
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Default 97 Civic starts but wont come out of park unless I use the key slot to unlock it

I have a 97 honda civic that wont come out of park unless I use the override slot to unlock the shifter. I have replaced the brake switch, the master cylinder and it has ample fluid, the solenoid switch, and the neutral safety switch. I do notice when I first turn on the ignition, just for a brief second, the solenoid opens and closes, but after the car is started the solenoid wont unlock when I depress the brake. Could the ignition switch be bad, or shorted? Do you have any other solutions?
 
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Old 06-02-2013, 01:04 PM
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Have you checked that the brake lights actually work?
 
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Old 06-05-2013, 05:53 AM
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Yes the brake lights work, and the fuses are good. I do notice that the top center light flashes on and off when the brakes are held down, but the other two brake lights are on steady. ???
 
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Old 06-07-2013, 08:34 AM
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I guess everyone out there is as clueless as I am when it comes to my shifter unlock problem! I know it has to be a minor thing causing this and I can't afford to take it to the dealer, so I have two options.....break the plastic locking mechanism and not have the safety feature, or take it to the salvage yard and get $500.00 for the car and start over. Thanks guys!
 

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Old 06-11-2013, 05:39 PM
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It is most likely a short in the wiring based on the fact that the 3rd brake light goes in and out. I would run a new wire for it
 
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Old 06-12-2013, 05:42 AM
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Thanks i'll try that and see. I did notice yesterday that it shifted ok a few times then it would stop working again, so it must be a loose wire or something.
 
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Well guys it wasn't the brake wiring causing the problem. I was getting a TPS code along with the shifting problem, so when I replaced the TPS, the shift problem went away and is working correctly now. I guess the TPS voltage had something to do with the unlock switch not working right. Thanks for the replies. I hope this inf helps others.
 
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