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Old 01-05-2011, 12:18 AM   Thread Starter #1
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Yesterday my max was working well, today in the morning the shift knob was locked and the only way i can move is by pressing down on the shift lock release buttom, transmission responds in every gear, but when I shifted I notice that the lights on my rpm, speed, and evrything thats part of where these gauges are were off, i changed the fuse because it was burned out, then i turned the car back on and when i shifted again by pressing the shift lock release button they shut down again, and when i use my left signal it turns on and i hear the cliking noise, but when i turn on the right it clicks and flashes one time and then turns off, and these are the only lights that actually turn on, and shift is still locked..... please help
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Man, I have no idea on that one.

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I've heard another member who had a problem with the shift lock but I can't remember what happened. Hopefully someone will be able to help ya out man. Good luck.
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Default Re: Shift Knob Lock

Quick question first:
Are you pressing the brake pedal before you try and move the shift lever?

If you are, the problem is probably either a bad shift lock controller, bad brake switch, or a bad shift lock solenoid.

Before checking those, though, I'd double check all your fuses.

The shift lockout uses the same brake switch as the brake lights, so if your brake lights are coming on you can rule that out as the cause.
If the brake switch checks out, that just leaves the solenoid or controller.
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What fuse is it blowing? Location of fuse panel, amp rateing, and fuse #
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What fuse is it blowing? Location of fuse panel, amp rateing, and fuse #
It's blowing the stop lamp fuse 10amp that's located under the steering wheel
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What fuse is it blowing? Location of fuse panel, amp rateing, and fuse #
By the way when I put a new one in the meter lights came on but if I press the shift lock release switch and change gears it burns it again
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Did you recently installed LEDs , LED tail lights? or mess with the stero or headlights mods ?

your grounding out somewhere, what was the last electric mod you did on the car ?

pull the shifter cover plate off and check the wires under there, if your pressing the shift lock down and its blowning a fuse , then your having a issue with the wires there somewhere
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Default Re: Shift Knob Lock

The brake light switch ties into the Shift Lock Control Unit which sends a signal to a solenoid in the gear changer to unlock it. I would say that the Shift Control Unit and Shift Lock Solenoid in the gear changer are bad.

What I'm thinking is that the coil inside the Shift Lock Solenoid shorted out to ground. The Shift Lock Control Unit was not expecting a dead short on its output thus damaging it causing it to blow the stop lamp fuse. Its also possible that the Shift Lock Solenoid is not shorted and you should check it to see if it is. If its not then i would say just the Shift Lock Control Unit is bad.

I would assume that the gauges going out is the car's way of telling you that fuse is blown. Most people would take the car to the dealer right away if the gauges didn't light up and couldn't tell how fast they were going or how much gas they had. Dealer changes a fuse and charges you $2.95 for parts and three hours labor.

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Default Re: Shift Knob Lock

I had the same exact problem, for me it was my gauge cluster, after a while the LEDs started shorting out, so i had to swap clusters. I had a red/white led conversion, not factory. But that fuse controls a large number of things though...
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Old 01-08-2011, 06:55 PM   Thread Starter #11
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Did you recently installed LEDs , LED tail lights? or mess with the stero or headlights mods ?

your grounding out somewhere, what was the last electric mod you did on the car ?

pull the shifter cover plate off and check the wires under there, if your pressing the shift lock down and its blowning a fuse , then your having a issue with the wires there somewhere
well about three two weeks ago I installed a aftermarket stereo, but does the right signal acting up having anything to do with the shift lock??? because the signal started acting up a few weeks before that, when i would hit the switch to turn right it would blink fast a few second, turn off, then blink three or four times slow and then shut off, and then blink real fast again, but what is weird is that when i look at the turn signal in the bumper it was blinking normal.....
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If you haven't done anything to fix the blinker...at the very least start with that. It could be back feeding into the cluster. I wouldn't start hitting that parts pinata, shit gets expensive...fast.
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I don't think the turn signal not working correctly is related to the shift lock or the dash light problem. The rate of flash on the turn signals is controlled by the BCU. When it detects too much draw then it will stop flashing, too little current draw then you get the hyper flash that does not stop.
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Update..... I was able to fix the turn signal, and now when I use the shift lock release switch its not burning the stop signal fuse anymore.....

So far I've read that while the car is on and if I press on the brake pedal and if the stop lights dont turn on its the switch am I correct??? if not please explain to me, how I can tell if its the switch, soleniod, or controller.....


because so far i've pressed down on the brake pedal and none of my stop light turn on, and the bulbs are not burned and the stop signal fuse is not burned out either....
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What was the cause of your turn signals malfunctioning?

You never said your brake lights didn't work, just that the Stop Lamp fuse blew when ever you attempted to change gears. I'm assuming that they didn't work at all weather there was a good fuse in there or not. Easy to test the Brake Light Switch with a multimeter or test light.
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apparantly it was the tail light right side connection it was loose for some reason, clip the connection back together and the right side signal started working....
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I took it to auto zone and a U1001 showed is there a way to fix this???
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