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Old 11-04-2018, 02:22 PM
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My 1995 c4 Corvette will not shift out of park. Help!!!
The car is a 1995 Pace Car with 16,000 miles. The transmission has never done this before. Car is in my garage and I can't get it out unless I can get the transmission out of park.
I have taken the console apart and can see the shift mechanism but I don't know what to do from there. Can anyone offer any suggestions?

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Old 11-04-2018, 03:16 PM
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Hello billsheets,

First of all let me "Welcome you to the Corvette Forum"!

This site has some incredible people on it and they can frequently answer problems without ever seeing it in real life. Their one limitation is that they can't help you without sufficient information. If you could spend a bit of time and tell us more about the car, any modifications and mileage and anything that might be pertinent to this issue of not getting it out of park.
Are you the original owner?
Mileage on car?
Any problems with Transmission before?
Is pressing the brake releasing the shifter to move?
Has this ever happened before?
Do you have an alarm system on this car? Stock?
The guys who really know the 1995 C4 Corvettes will need to know the basics before they can go on from here.

There are plenty of fellow Corvette owners who like helping others, that is what makes this Forum so great. One thing we do like is to have people post online what they found causing the issue, this way we share the knowledge and we all learn.
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There's a solenoid/actuator attached to the shifter that is malfunctioning. Pretty much everyone just removes it. I think a few people have tried to repair the solenoid itself. But removing it is going to permanently solve the problem.
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where is the solenoid located?
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Originally Posted by billsheets View Post
where is the solenoid located?
Attached to the shifter.
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Originally Posted by billsheets View Post
My 1995 c4 Corvette will not shift out of park. Help!!!
The car is a 1995 Pace Car with 16,000 miles. The transmission has never done this before. Car is in my garage and I can't get it out unless I can get the transmission out of park.
I have taken the console apart and can see the shift mechanism but I don't know what to do from there. Can anyone offer any suggestions?
It's a solenoid, if I remember right it is black. It is a cylinder and attaches with two ball joints, like the struts on the hatchback. Unplug it, then just pop it off at both ends with a screwdriver. Throw it away, just be aware that now it will be possible to start your car even if the brake is not pressed in.
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Old 11-10-2018, 08:53 AM
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Originally Posted by ihatebarkingdogs View Post
I thought that the shifter lock only prevented SHIFTING out of PARK unless the brake pedal was depressed. Not that the shifter-lock prevented CRANKING under any conditions. BWTFDIK.
Correct.
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Old 11-10-2018, 10:00 AM
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Originally Posted by ihatebarkingdogs View Post
I thought that the shifter lock only prevented SHIFTING out of PARK unless the brake pedal was depressed. Not that the shifter-lock prevented CRANKING under any conditions. BWTFDIK.
You are correct, not sure where my head was that day.
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