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Old 03-25-2010, 03:03 PM
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My sister is out driving our 2004 Tacoma right now and just called and said the trans won't shift into reverse or park (auto tranny). Any thoughts on what would be causing this?
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Old 03-25-2010, 03:08 PM
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Is her foot on the brake?

edit: guess #2 is you've got a tail light out. IOW i think the brake light is the same circuit as the safety switch that make sure your foot is on the brake. Tell her to check to see if a brake light is out, if so I bet a new light bulb will get her going again.
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edit: guess #2 is you've got a tail light out. IOW i think the brake light is the same circuit as the safety switch that make sure your foot is on the brake. Tell her to check to see if a brake light is out, if so I bet a new light bulb will get her going again.
I know on the 80s having a blown taillight fuse affects being able to shift "out" of park but not into

Martin, hopefully she'll get it figured out...Where is she at? We could send Ken out after her
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Brakes engaged and brake lights are working.

Is there linkage that could be iced up?
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Is there some kind of shift lock solenoid that might be failing? I think there's an override button somewhere around the shift lever (you have to pop off a little cover piece). She could try that and at least try to get the shifter to move. It's supposed to unlock a locked shifter under certain circumstances, although I've only heard of it getting stuck in Park.
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I don't have a manual for this truck, so I'm at a loss. She's up near Nederland right now and is going to drive it to a spray wash and blast the underside. At least it's mobile, but she can't park and leave it anywhere becasue the key can't be removed...
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It has to be some sort of mechanical linkage bind some where. Could anything of dropped under the shifter in the cab? This is a strange incident.
if need I am home in the boulder foot hills.
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you know Ned isn't that far from Gold Hill..

or Golden, for that matter. hopefully the car wash helps!
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Thanks for the input and offers of assistance. I'll post up after she has blasted the trans and given me an update.
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It has to be some sort of mechanical linkage bind some where. Could anything of dropped under the shifter in the cab? This is a strange incident.
if need I am home in the boulder foot hills.
Call me three 0 three six six five one one 0 one
X2. I've seen pennies get stuck in the shifter unit under the plastic toward the front and cause similar issues
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