1996 Shift Lock Override

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Old 16 Oct 2005, 12:47 am   #1 (permalink)
robertg1@aol.com
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Default 1996 Shift Lock Override

Greetings,

I am considering the purchase of a 1996 Toyota Camry LE for my teenage
son. I picked the car up from the dealership yesterday and am going to
let my mechanic look at it on Monday, Oct 16, 2005. The vehicle seems
to be in great overall shape even though it has 112,000 miles on it.
And it ran fine bringing it over the mountain to my home here in
Virginia.

However, I noticed as I was going over the vehicle that the cover to
the shift lock override button had been removed and I'm guessing that
someone used a screwdriver to depress the button underneath. I've read
some on the internet as to why this button may need to be depressed,
such as a solenoid going bad. I learned what this button was for in
the owner's manual. Should I be alarmed that this button was
depressed?

The shifter is working like it's supposed to now....won't shift without
depressing the brake pedal. I'm just wandering what other reasons
would the shift lock override button need to be depressed?

Please email me as I'm new to this newsgroup. My email address is:
robertg1@aol.com I'm not 100% sure how to get back to this
newsgroup, but I'll give it a try tomorrow. But if you can offer some
insight, please email me back.

Thanks for your time!

Robert in Virginia

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Old 16 Oct 2005, 03:16 am   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: 1996 Shift Lock Override

I wouldn't worry about it. I use that button on cars several times every
week to push a car or two out of the way when a key is not available.
One of the most common reasons for a customer to use the button is when
the brake pedal switch goes bad. It doesn't really have anything to do with
the transmission itself.

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Old 16 Oct 2005, 11:01 am   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: 1996 Shift Lock Override

1) Possible Needd to move the car once or more with dead battery?

2) As the other poster said, Maybe to move the vehicle without a key.
( of course this doesn't unlock the steering wheel, so only forward or
back. Unless the wheel is locked to one direction or the other ).

3) Bad solenoid at the brake switch.

4) Playing pranks on people that owned the car by moving it so they
are confused.

>The shifter is working like it's supposed to now....won't shift without
>depressing the brake pedal. I'm just wandering what other reasons
>would the shift lock override button need to be depressed?
>
>Please email me as I'm new to this newsgroup. My email address is:
>robertg1@aol.com I'm not 100% sure how to get back to this
>newsgroup, but I'll give it a try tomorrow. But if you can offer some
>insight, please email me back.
>
>Thanks for your time!
>
>Robert in Virginia


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