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1997 328i 4 door sedan

So woke up today in a hurry to get to my classes. Hop in the car, start it up no problem but when I press the brakes and go to shift out of parking the shifter will not shift. The back lights work when I press the break, so that means the senors are working. I tried everything I cannot get it to shift. Is there some way to override it? also what might be the problem? Would appreciate any kind of help
 

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One possible answer here: http://blog.bavauto.com/4318/bmw-automatic-transmission-will-not-shift-from-park/

If that doesn't help, go here an download the Electrical Troubleshooting Manual:
http://wedophones.com/Manuals/BMW/1997 BMW 318is-c - 328i-c Electrical Troubleshooting Manual.pdf

It's easier to use if you download it then open locally. If you try to use it in the browser, it's not as easy to navigate.

Go to 6325.0 Brake Lights. You'll see that there is a BL/RT (blue wire with a red stripe) that goes from the brake light switch to the X181 splice. The splice is inside a box in the footwell to the left of the clutch (left hand drive). From that splice, there are wires that go to the brake lights and there's another smaller wire (same color) that goes to the transmission control module. The TCM probably sends a signal to the shift lock solenoid to disengage. So, either the solenoid is not working or there's no voltage getting to it when the brake pedal is pressed. The ETM doesn't specify the wire colors coming off the TCM but they are pins 2 and 52 going to the solenoid (shift-lock). The TCM is supposed to be located in the RH rear of the engine bay, probably near the ECU. I don't have an automatic so I don't know.

I'd say dig into the shifter console, find the solenoid and see if it's getting voltage when you press the brake pedal. If that's not it, work backwards from there. Worst case, tear the solenoid out and throw it away.

Do a google search on "e36 shift lock".

This is one of the hits: http://www.frankies-bmw.com/3series/diy/shift_knob/bmw_3series_auto_shift_knob.php
 
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