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I remove the shift cable from the transmission and everything on the shifter seems to me working correctly (Depress the brake and shifter moves freely). Still won't shift from park. Should I be able to shift it at the transmission with the shift cable disconnected? Has a error code P0705 Transmission range sensor circuit (PRNDL input). this is a 2001 Sepheia

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I remove the shift cable from the transmission and everything on the shifter seems to me working correctly (Depress the brake and shifter moves freely). Still won't shift from park. Should I be able to shift it at the transmission with the shift cable disconnected? Has a error code P0705 Transmission range sensor circuit (PRNDL input)
If I recall, the trans range sensor is mounted next to the shifter, not the top of the transmission (inhibitor switch). You'll have to remove the center console and inspecting the wiring and check the shifter at the bottom for a missing pin.

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i have the console off. everything looks ok. isn't the range sensor right on top of the trans were the shift cable connects? this is on a 2001 sephia
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i have the console off. everything looks ok. isn't the range sensor right on top of the trans were the shift cable connects? this is on a 2001 sephia
Right next to the shifter handle on the right, (look at shifter, then a little right on the plastic around the shifter) there is a little cap piece. Pop this off. Then you will need a little screw driver. Be in the car, car on. Depress thee brake, push the knob to shift into a gear. While doing this have another person stick that screw driver down the hole where the cap came off. THis is the manaul override in case the shifter gets stuck. I had to do this a few timees on my dads old sephia.

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done that. the problem is not in the console shifter. Thanks. still if anyone has other suggestions
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I have a 2000 Kia Sephia and I am having the same problem we moved it in the yard. We have not driven it in a couple months and now it will not come out of park. We had tried to disconnect the linkage and even tried to use vice scripts to try to shift from the shaft itself and all is working within the council area even trying the override with a screw driver and still can not get it out of park. Does any one have any ideas of any thing else to try I miss my green beast but if I can not figure it out my husband said junk yard time and she runs to well for the yard to get her. Please help me figure her out.
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You might inspect the mechanical aspect of the ignition switch??? Possible that could be malfunctioning and keeping the car locked in Park???

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I've got the same problem on a 1998 Sephia. The cable on the left, attached to the shifter, won't budge. If I detach it, the shifter and the interlocks work fine.

There's another small cable on the right - what does that do? That seems to release when the interlock releases but I'm not sure where it goes yet.

Any help appreciated - the car is parked right in front of my garage (nose in) - so it's gonna be real hard to move it!!!
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I had the same problem with a 2001 sephia that i checked for a friend,but his preblem started with a hard to put in gear as well as park and also included a intermitent no start(would not crank).he got P&%%$3 and slammed it in to park,now the shifter moves very free,turns out he broke the shifter cable $120 at dealer.so i wanted to find the problem that led to this,i removed the cable from trans,at this point car was sitting for 6 weeks with trans stuck in gear and a no start condition,on these transmissions with the shaft sticking out the top at point of cable connection,the electrical box under cable (at trans) is the neutral safety switch,the switch is bolted to top of trans (2 10mm head bolts).remove these bolts and remove the switch,it slide up off the shaft,keep spraying with a penatrant while attempting to remove the switch,this switch is splined to the shaft coming out of the trans,in my case the splines on my switch was causing a starting issue,but the reason the switch was damaged was because the shaft coming out of the trans was siezed in the aluminum body of the trans,if you remove the air cleaner housing it is easy access and the shaft comes out of trans almost near the oil pan about 3 inches then it is piloted by aluminum eyelet built into trans housing,thats were its siezed,i was able to free mine by heating this eyelet section of trans housing with a propane torch(to much heat will melt the aluminum)took me about 1 hour of heating,cooling and spraying with a penatrant but its now free and going through gears fine by manualy turning the shaft,i used a cresent wrench.cost of switch $45 at local napa.new cable and switch now installed and working fine,no more start problems.I am 100% sure this is your problem,I am a licensed mechanic of 30 years
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I was able to recover mine without too much trouble. I drained the ATF which was pretty much dark brown mud. Don't know if it was ever changed! Added new fluid and let the engine run for a while. Then I was able to move the shaft that changes the gear with an adjustable wrench. Took a while to get everything adjusted back right but it seems to work pretty well now.
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