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Thread: 88 eldo stuck (frozen) in park, need help please.

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    Jan 2005

    88 eldo stuck (frozen) in park, need help please.

    Caddilac Crew,

    My 1988 eldorado keeps sticking in park whenever it gets real cold out.

    Sometimes i can warm up the car, spray wd40 on the center shift console and rock the car to get it going. sometimes it doesn't work.

    Is there a way i can override or manually shift out from park?


    Caddiman 88

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    carnut is offline Cadillac Owners Master
    Automobile(s): 1999 BMW 740 Il. 2005 Jag XK8, 1988 Mercedes Benz 300 SE
    Join Date
    Feb 2003

    Re: 88 eldo stuck (frozen) in park, need help please.

    I'm thinking the shift cable gets moisture inside it, it freezes and WD40 melts the ice. I would inspect the cable end that attaches to the shift arm. Maybe the hood cowl seal is allowing water? to drip on the cable? Also I would set the park brake before shifting into park. Sometimes the weight of the car on the little pin that locks the trans will be extra hard to pull out. Push down firmly on the park brake then shift into park. This is assuming the auto release is working.


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