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My 2008 Kia Spectra is stuck in park. I have done quite a bit of digging on the internet, and have found that on this car the brake light switch also communicates with the transmission in order to ensure that the brakes are applied when the vehicle shifts out of park. All of my brake lights work fine, and all fuses appear to be in good order. The issue started a few days ago, when it became just a bit difficult to get the car out of park. Once out of park, the car could shift between drive and reverse just fine. I also noticed that once I got it out of park, it would then easily slip back and forth between park and drive with minimal effort. Now, the button on the side of the liver won't even depress no matter how much force I use. I have attached a picture of what the interior of the vehicle looks like so you can get a better idea of what I'm talking about. I have taken the shiftier off, and the button appears to be in working order. The components underneath the shiftier (a long plastic piece) appears to be just fine. The brake lights work, and there are no lights on the dash alerting of any issues. Also, it is parked on a completely flat surface, so I know its not the transmission locking up due to the force of the car bearing down on the gears.

I have 2 questions from here. First, does anyone know if this car has a shift-lock-override-button? On my old Toyota it had a button on the shiftier panel that was labeled as such; this car doesn't seem to have one that I can find (that would be absolutely retarded if it doesn't have one anywhere, I just think I'm not looking in the right place.)

My second question is whether anyone would like to venture a guess on what is wrong here.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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pull out the cover and depress the override lock.

brake switch has at least two separate connectors... so even if the brakes work, cruise control might not (will not shift out of park). USA - paid, repair manual Canadian owner manuals (still free) Europe - paid, repair manual
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Wish it were that easy PLP...
I just looked over my 06 Spec SX and the "oval" that the shift leaver moves within won't pull out.
The center console needs to be gain access...
He needs to remove the two screws on the hinged storage box and two screws on each side of the center console..(total of four). The the console will lift up and out of the way...
The shift lever is "locked" by a release solenoid plunger. When energised it pulls the plunger in and releases the shift lever.
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