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Stuck/Locked in Park

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by slim pickens, Apr 26, 2010.

  1. Apr 26, 2010 at 9:12 PM
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    slim pickens

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    Dear Taco Community - Currently own a 2001 Tacoma XCab SR5 4wd Automatic 2.7. Was raining when I hooked up my trailer today to pick up a rear tractor blade and run some errands. Last stopped at Giant and When I went to leave it started up nicely but the shift selector is now Locked in park and my Toyota is stuck at Giant :confused:.

    What/where would be the first step to troubleshoot this problem? Is there any manual release that this 2001 Tacoma would have to unlock the Shift Selector? Thank you for taking the time to help this senior citizen. SP
     
  2. Apr 26, 2010 at 9:14 PM
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    EquinsuOcha

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    There may be a small access panel on the shifter trim that you can pop open and push the button beneath it. That will most likely work.
     
  3. Apr 26, 2010 at 11:19 PM
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    Thank you! Will check that out and see if I can find any. SP


     
  4. Apr 26, 2010 at 11:33 PM
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    First post, 07 TRD Sport SR5 Pre-runner Crew cab. Just had the same problem, was at Dealership for 12 days. Check fuse in engine compartment (IG 10AMP), This problem is from your trailor lights. You have a bad ground on one of your lights, the 12v current is traveling back through the harness and blowing the fuse. Fix your trailor lights, this should fix the problem for sure.
     
  5. Apr 26, 2010 at 11:35 PM
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    His is a 2001. It may not be the same problem as yours.
     
  6. Apr 27, 2010 at 2:04 AM
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    SkyHighTacoma

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    Like said above, should be a release button. And check your fuses. I have read and experienced this and saw this happened to a older 4runner also that a fuse blew locking the shifter in park. That would be were I would start.
     
  7. Apr 27, 2010 at 5:51 AM
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    Barnone

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    One of my trailers had a short in the wiring and blew the tail light fuse on my 2002. It was locked in park like the OP's. Called the service shop and they told me about the slot iby the shifter. Replaced the fuse and fixed the wiring on the traile and was good to go.
     
  8. Apr 27, 2010 at 7:49 AM
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    Ha...stuck in park...I drive stick.

    But seriously, I believe it is the trailer light fuse as a couple people have said, but even if it isn't, the truck should have a shift lock release button. My family's Civic has one that requires the key to operate, so if it happened to that car I would use it to get the car into neutral (still starts in N) and then move to drive from there.
     
  9. Apr 27, 2010 at 8:13 AM
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    It is possible your "brake switch" is out. Try a couple of things. Rest your hand on top of the shift lever and depress the brake peda, you should feel slight twich in the lever or you could here the shift lever unlock. If you depress the pedal and don't hear anything most likely the switch is out.

    the switch is located above the brake pedal, climb under and look upward along the metal of the brake pedal and you should see it. press in the pedal and listen for unclicking sound. No sound mean bad switch.

    You could buy these at any autopart store. Hope this helps..
     
  10. Apr 27, 2010 at 8:18 AM
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    that worked for me when i had the same problem, I had a blown fuse that caused the problem
     
  11. Apr 27, 2010 at 8:26 AM
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    Had this on my 2007 as an intermittent problem. Dealer fond a bad brake switch component which was covered by a 150,000 mile warranty! Replaced free!
     
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