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Shifter stuck in park

Tonight the Sorento would not shift out of park, I had to press shift release button to get it in drive.

Any suggestions on the fix?

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Could be related to the switch that detects when your foot is on the brake pedal.
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Maybe so, the brake lights are working though.

Thanks for your reply.

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If it's still as it was before, there are TWO individual switches down there being mechanically actuated in parallel. Consequently, it is possible to have brake lights with no ability to start or move the shifter, or the other way around.
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I'll have to look down at the pedal and check on it.


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Correct, two different switches. I had to get my 2011 towed when this happened - there was a TSB but not a recall..
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I only see one actual switch on the pedal arm. I will do some more research.

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Looks like one switch, but check the number of wires. More than 2? Previously, there were two switches, stacked side by side into one package.
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Same problem

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I only see one actual switch on the pedal arm. I will do some more research.

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Hi Nettles516. Were you able to figure out the problem? I'm having the same issue with my 2016 Kia Sorento
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Please, FIRST check the brake light switch down at the pedal. This specific problem used to be frequent with Kia and Hyundai vehicles. Half of the switch works the lights, the other half the inhibition of start/shift when it thinks there's no foot on the pedal.
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