Q: Where is the Shift Interlock Solenoid Typically Located?
A: The shift interlock solenoid prevents the gear shift lever from moving unless the driver pushes the brake pedal. Without it, drivers wouldn’t be able to move the gear shift lever out of the park position, so it’s imperative that the shift interlock solenoid is functional.
Usually, the shift interlock solenoid can be found underneath the vehicle’s shifter console, which is near the shifter lever on the transmission. The transmission is between the engine and the wheels.
Tips on How to Access the Shift Interlock Solenoid
Accessing the shift interlock solenoid can be tricky. You’ll need to remove the center console if you want to reach the solenoid. Since the shift interlock solenoid is so out of the way, you should only really make an effort to access it if you want to replace it, or if you want to clean it.
Sometimes the shift interlock solenoid locks up when contaminants leak down to the shifter console. If this happens, clean it and other contaminated components with a Q-tip and either a cleaning solution or alcohol. Once it’s clean, you can run some tests with your vehicle to determine whether or not it still needs replacement, or if the part is damaged.
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