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    Question replacing shift solenoid

    My 05 STS shift solenoid is not working I am engaging out of park with the help of a screwdriver I went to my local dealer and purchased a new solenoid to $80 has anyone replaced this part yet and if so how is it done?

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    Re: replacing shift solenoid

    I don't think I've ever heard of one going bad, not that it isn't possible. What diagnostic steps did you take to confirm it is the solenoid and not either wiring or the controlling module?

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    Re: replacing shift solenoid

    I recently had some work done at the dealer so I was able to have the dealer confirm that it appears to be the solenoid after he hooked up the computer to diagnose to problem I was quoted $500 to repair the problem. Today I attempted to install the solenoid but was unable to remove the center console due to fear of breaking it so does anyone know how to remove the console correctly.

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    Re: replacing shift solenoid

    The console is actually quite easy to get out. Mine has been out on a few occasions. There are eight bolts that hold the console in. You must pull the carpet down from along the sides of the console to access these. There are four on each side, two at the front and two at the rear. If this has never been done, the carpet may be quite stiff. You'll need to move the seats fully forward to access the rear bolts. As for the carpet, I'd start pulling it down at the front and then move rearward.

    You can see in the photo below, there is a black bracket toward the rear of the console. There are little tangs which can catch if you're trying to lift it up. You may need to slide a screwdriver in to pry this slightly outward. I'm assuming that you haven't had any difficulty removing the other necessary trim around the shifter...

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    Re: replacing shift solenoid

    My neighbor has a newer type Impala and the shifter solenoid stopped working. I fixed it for her and it was a broken wire going to the solenoid, right at the connector going into the solenoid. If I remember correctly, the Impala solenoid "rides" with the shifter so the wire is flexed constantly.

    Be sure to check the wiring as well.

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    Re: replacing shift solenoid

    Great thanks this helps a lot I will give it a try maybe this weekend I am still using a screwdriver to get out of park I will let you know if I get it...yes I remove the wood grain parts around the shifter no problem.

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    Re: replacing shift solenoid

    Wow, I know this is an old post but it also kind of seems like my issues but only my STS says shift to park while in park. How did replacing that solenoid work for you? Maybe I need to do the same since the shifter seems to be obsolete now.

    Thanks,

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    How do you even do the screwdriver trick in this car? I'm stuck in park, been happening intermittently, and I can't even figure out where the bypass is.

    I'm in an 07 STS 6 by the way. Anybody?

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    -Open the center console lid.
    -Remove shifter/console bezel (plastic part that surrounds the shifter area and cup holders). It pulls off lifting straight up.
    -Remove the wood trim plate.
    -The park solenoid is down at the base of the right side of the shifter assembly, towards the forward end. It looks like a small rectangular box with a metal rod sticking out towards the back of the car. It is only a few inches long. Push the rod towards the front of the car.

    I just replaced mine a week ago. You have to lift the whole console out, which is actually very easy.

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    Re: replacing shift solenoid

    I believe I read about a release that was easier, but it was quite a while back. I think it involved putting the car in run mode (like accessory, but hold the switch for 5 seconds.) Then there's a slide, but the details elude my recall. Maybe it involved shift knob.

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    Re: replacing shift solenoid

    I have the same problem. Every time I go in to park n try to shut off car it tells me to shift into park n just keeps beeping until I hold the brake with the car off n shift into Neutral n back into park n than it stupid beeping. This does not work all the time. what's the fix ? n is this going to get worse ? What are my options?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amigobear718
    I have the same problem. Every time I go in to park n try to shut off car it tells me to shift into park n just keeps beeping until I hold the brake with the car off n shift into Neutral n back into park n than it stupid beeping. This does not work all the time. what's the fix ? n is this going to get worse ? What are my options?
    Adjust linkage

    Replace shifter

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    Re: replacing shift solenoid

    good luck with both of those, i have replaced my shifter and adjusted my linkage and I am still getting this error. smh!! Its the worse.

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