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Old 12-06-2010, 06:13 PM   #1
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Ok I get in my 96 vette and start it up. Mash the Brakes and push the button down on shift lever to get it out of park, But it will not unlock. Its getting where it happen every time I get in the car. Anybody else had this problem. If so what should I look at first.
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Old 12-07-2010, 06:05 AM   #2
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It is the brake interlock solenoid. This happens to a lot of us and the only fix is to remove the cover and then take the solenoid off. There are no replacement parts available, so just unplug the solenoid and pop it off and then throw it away. Everything else will still work just fine, only you won't need to step on the brakes in order to depress the button. The solenoid looks like this:

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Old 12-07-2010, 07:36 AM   #3
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Bravo!! I've had my '96 for three days now. Went out to take the wife to church Sunday and couldn't get out of park. "Way to go" she said, "you sure know how to buy 'em". However, since it works most of the time, the solenoid should still be good. I think an examination of the solenoid armature and a little grease will solve the problem.

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Old 12-07-2010, 09:25 AM   #4
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It is the brake interlock solenoid. This happens to a lot of us and the only fix is to remove the cover and then take the solenoid off. There are no replacement parts available, so just unplug the solenoid and pop it off and then throw it away. Everything else will still work just fine, only you won't need to step on the brakes in order to depress the button. The solenoid looks like this:

Thanks for this info Andy(And picture!!). Though mine is not defective, I learned something new and will remember this for a future reference
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I don't think you have this on yours. As far as I know, which is not very far, the brake interlock system is only on 94-95-96 C4s.
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I don't think you have this on yours. As far as I know, which is not very far, the brake interlock system is only on 94-95-96 C4s.
Ah I see, part of making cars safer along the years.
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It is the brake interlock solenoid. This happens to a lot of us and the only fix is to remove the cover and then take the solenoid off. There are no replacement parts available, so just unplug the solenoid and pop it off and then throw it away. Everything else will still work just fine, only you won't need to step on the brakes in order to depress the button. The solenoid looks like this:


What is the purpose of that solenoid? Is it there to prevent the transmission from being put in gear unless the driver has his/her foot on the brake pedal? If so I can see where that might prevent some accidents.
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What is the purpose of that solenoid? Is it there to prevent the transmission from being put in gear unless the driver has his/her foot on the brake pedal? If so I can see where that might prevent some accidents.
That is exactly why it is there. I understand it was meant specifically to keep a child from taking it out of park.
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That is exactly why it is there. I understand it was meant specifically to keep a child from taking it out of park.
Yes I agree, I am surprised they only started that in 94, I thought that was the standard with all vehicles since around mid 80s. Guess i'm wrong, I am going to experiment on that but great info, learned one there !
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It is the brake interlock solenoid. This happens to a lot of us and the only fix is to remove the cover and then take the solenoid off. There are no replacement parts available, so just unplug the solenoid and pop it off and then throw it away. Everything else will still work just fine, only you won't need to step on the brakes in order to depress the button. The solenoid looks like this:

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