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    2000 Catera stuck in park

    I have a 2000 Catera. It won't shift out of park. The shift to park light stays on. I've rocked it & jacked up the rear end nothing seems to work. Any ideas?

    Thanks,
    Steve

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    Re: 2000 Catera stuck in park

    Quote Originally Posted by sburke View Post
    I have a 2000 Catera. It won't shift out of park. The shift to park light stays on. I've rocked it & jacked up the rear end nothing seems to work. Any ideas?

    Thanks,
    Steve
    There is an interlock between brake and shifting. As you know one can not shift without Braking from park you may want to look into the fuses or related areas if you have some documentation. Maybe the BCM/ECU is not seeing the brake signal or the key turned on signal.

    Cheers.

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    Re: 2000 Catera stuck in park

    Lift the boot from around the bottom of the shifter. If I remember correctly, there's a yellow pawl the blocks the shifter from moving. If you push that you will be able to move it out of park. Of course now you have to figure out why that happened. Spray the shifter mechanism with WD40 to start with. If that doesn't help remove the cover off the steering column and inspect the ignition interlock. Something might be jammed up or broken there. Might as well lube it too. Next crawl under the dash and check the brake interlock. Naturally hose it with WD40. Why not right? Good luck.

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    Re: 2000 Catera stuck in park

    I got it. I ended up removing the cover where the boot is attached. From there I seen the pawl & was able to unlock it. Thanks for the help.

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    Re: 2000 Catera stuck in park

    No problem. Glad I could help.

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    Re: 2000 Catera stuck in park

    Now do you have to do that everytime you want to drive? If so, this seems like a very temporary fix. If you come up with a permanent fix, please let us know. Thanks!

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    Re: 2000 Catera stuck in park

    Quote Originally Posted by Matera97 View Post
    Now do you have to do that everytime you want to drive? If so, this seems like a very temporary fix. If you come up with a permanent fix, please let us know. Thanks!
    Matera97 there is a TSB issued towards the general area of stuck key, steering unlocking, etc., which might give clues to also this problem.

    The TSB number is: 01-02-35-002 and it was issued March 12,2001.

    It basically involves cleaning up the roughness, etc., in the shifter pattern detent and shift linkage adjustment if needed.


    DIFFICULTY REMOVING KEY FROM IGNITION LOCK CYLINDER (ADJUST MANUAL SHIFT LINKAGE, INSPECT SHIFTER PATTERN DETENT LEVER)
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    TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETIN
    Reference Number(s): 01-02-35-002, Date of Issue: March 12, 2001 CADILLAC:1997-2001 Catera SECTION:02 - Steering
    Some customers may comment that the ignition key may be difficult to remove from the ignition lock cylinder at times.
    This condition may be caused by the shift lever rod not fully contacting the key release micro-switch in the shifter assembly due to one or both of the following reasons:
    The manual shift linkage may not be properly adjusted. The shifter pattern detent lever may have a burr or rough edge at the park position opening.
    Manual shift linkage adjustment should first be checked and adjusted if necessary. Inspect the shifter pattern detent lever for any burrs or rough edges at the park position opening. Use the following service procedure:
    1.Check and adjust the manual shift linkage. Refer to the Shift Control Linkage Adjustment procedure in the Automatic Transmission sub-section of the Service Manual. 2.Remove the gear selector boot from the console. The boot snaps into the console and can be removed by gently pulling up on the front end of the boot.
    3.Inspect the shifter pattern detent lever for any burrs or rough edges at the park position opening.

    4.Ensure that the shift lever rod is adequately lubricated at the base where it contacts the shift pattern detent lever.
    5.Verify correct system operation. With the key ON, engine OFF and the selector in the park position, raise and lower the shift lever rod (2 in Fig. 1 ). In its fully bottom position, the rod should contact the micro-switch (3 in Fig. 1 ). An audible click will be heard in the steering column confirming the key release lifting magnet operation.
    6.Install the gear selector boot to the console.


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    Re: 2000 Catera stuck in park

    i had that issue on my 97 and the brake light switch was the problem. but if that is your problem make sure you replace it with a gm one because the aftermarket ones dont work i had the same issue a week later. after the gm one went in it has been good ever since

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    Re: 2000 Catera stuck in park

    Quote Originally Posted by ford302 View Post
    i had that issue on my 97 and the brake light switch was the problem. but if that is your problem make sure you replace it with a gm one because the aftermarket ones dont work i had the same issue a week later. after the gm one went in it has been good ever since
    I got mine from oreilly auto about 3yrs ago and it still works fine.

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