: 98 Catera "push to shift" and power lock problem

01-01-08, 11:52 PM
Hello all:

My 98 Catera has recently begun to erratically display the "push brake to shift" light when already in D, and driving.

When the light activates, the power locks lock and unlock, or unlock and lock.

About a year ago, I replaced a faulty brake pedal plunger switch as the brake lights were not functioning to specs (worked, then didn't, then worked again).

Reading some threads here this evening, I'm thinking of lubricating the plunger to be sure it is releasing.

Also, the battery was replaced one year ago.

Barring demonic possession, any other theories?


01-02-08, 09:45 PM
Sounds to me like the safety neutral switch is on its way out. Next time it happens, and if you are in a location where you can turn the car off, shut the car off and see if it will restart while in drive.

01-02-08, 11:22 PM
thanks for the advice. i will give it a try if possible. it may be tough though because the light tends to flash on very briefly - about 1/2 to one second. i will try to find out more about the switch and thanks for the insight.