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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-14-2008, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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2003 SL500 shifter stuck in park

have a problem getting my SL500 out of park. The shifter is stuck, lock in park. However, I remove the boot cover and took a large screwdriver and tap around the shifter knob and freed the stuck shifter. However, now the shifter will not come out of park at all. I checked the brake switch, its fine. It seems that the solenoid has went out or is weak, because that loud clicking sound that I did hear from the shifter now is barely audible.
I welcome any suggests as to fixing and pricing this problem
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-25-2008, 12:45 AM
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I mentioned this just now in a different thread. I just hit this issue 2 days after the car was in the shop for 4 weeks on a another issue. I mentioned starting another thread on this issue but it appears you already have. It will cost me around 800.00 to replace the shifter. Seems like a common issue. I am curious why it will eventually allow the car out of park after awhile. Sure does seem like something is just sticking a bit but I will have a better idea when I get the bad part back tomorrow. I do feel a solenoid shifting firmly within the assembly when applying the brake. I had a couple of cases where the shifter snagged in reverse as I passed through it and then it was good for about a week. The I had a couple of more snags and then it was good for a week. In some cases I had to pull rather hard to get the shifter to move. Then around week three or so it sufddenly had me stranded.

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It was an issue internally with the shifter. Replacement is the cure. They are VIN coded due to the lack of a steering lock. A sharp tap on the top surface will usually free a stuck one to ease removal.
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