Brand: Buick LaCrosse gets stuck in park

  • Article by: PAUL BRAND
  • Updated: August 17, 2013 - 1:00 AM

Q: My car is a 2008 Buick LaCrosse with the automatic shift on the steering column. It has begun sticking when in “park” and won’t release even though I press the brake pedal hard. I had to push the car forward and back before the shift lever would release. This has happened about five times, the last time while at a GM dealership. They told me that when the car is parked on any type of incline the pressure on the parking “pawl” may cause the problem. They suggest that while the engine is still running in “drive,” set the parking brake, then step on the brake pedal, shift into park and then shut off the engine. This seems a rather strange and unorthodox way to solve my problem. And why did it take four-plus years to develop?

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hawkyankeeAug. 17, 13 7:12 AM

Paul: Help please: Would you please post a step-by-step method for properly setting the parking brake on an automatic transmission vehicle? The procedure in the question seems to indicate that one should release the brake in "drive" before setting the parking brake. Won't there be movement of the car before the parking brake is set? Thanks.

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