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Old 11-02-2008, 09:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 06 forester and lately I have been experiencing problems with the
automatic shifter. When I press the brake, normally, I am able to change the gear from park to drive. But lately, it has been sticking as if I was not pressing down on the brake pedal. has anyone experienced this.
is there an easy diy fix? I think I have about 50K miles on it so warranty fix is out.

everytime I need to shift, I have to depress the button next to the gear shift.

your help is greatly appreciated.

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See if your brake lights are working when the problem occurs ... I bet its a bad brake light switch ...which also controls the lockout ...
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^^Yep bad brake position sensor, and by sensor I mean button. It's just above your brake pedal. Push the brake, see the button.
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^^Yep bad brake position sensor, and by sensor I mean button. It's just above your brake pedal. Push the brake, see the button.
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thanks for your reply.

when you mean button, do you mean that white slot next to the shifter?
I jam a key in there then shift the gear to get it out of park.

do you guys have pix where I should check?

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^^No it's not next to the shifter. Look at your brake pedal, now follow the arm up under the dash. Below the pivot there is a sensor/button that when the pedal is pressed the button comes out. This tells the trans (and brake lights) the brake pedal is depressed. If this sensor/button is bad then the trans will think the brake isn't being pressed.
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^^No it's not next to the shifter. Look at your brake pedal, now follow the arm up under the dash. Below the pivot there is a sensor/button that when the pedal is pressed the button comes out. This tells the trans (and brake lights) the brake pedal is depressed. If this sensor/button is bad then the trans will think the brake isn't being pressed.
that's for the info. actually, my wife took the car to the mechanic today before i saw your email....it would have been exciting to find out the prob using your instructions...thank you anyway.

it cost $82 to get it fixed.

one thing i noticed was that the back brake lights were not working....
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after the $82, the rear brake lights are not working?
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sorry that was an after thought....the $82 remedy everything.
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so my '07 is doing this now, do i need to replace the button?
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so my '07 is doing this now, do i need to replace the button?
Check to see if you have brake lights, if not it is likely the brake switch under the dash. Otherwise pull the trim around the shifter console and do a thorough cleaning and check the connections.
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the brake lights are intermittent and i looked under the dash by the brake pedal. i think i saw the button but realized after i was under there, that i didn't know what to do then
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the brake lights are intermittent and i looked under the dash by the brake pedal. i think i saw the button but realized after i was under there, that i didn't know what to do then
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Now my Wife's MY07 FSXT is doing the same. She called me from afar stating that she could not get the car outta park...

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Now my Wife's MY07 FSXT is doing the same. She called me from afar stating that she could not get the car outta park...

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On the upper RH of the shifter console, there is a little cover that can be pried off with a screwdriver or possibly in your wife's case, nail file. Once that small cover is off you can preferably stick a screw driver down and with the handbrake set and while stepping on the brake, move the shifter to neutral. The car can be started in neutral with your/her foot on the brake, make sure she does not put it back into park. Sometimes it is just the angle of the car when parked that makes shifting the transmission out of park difficult. On my 99 Forester I was told to try rocking it slightly before trying the screw driver release method, it was sometimes just binding from being on a slope that made it difficult. Keep us informed as to how it turns out.
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Isn't there a cable running from shifter linkage to trans that might need some lubrication (assuming it's not the shifter or the brake interlock) ?
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