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Old 10-15-2011, 09:35 AM
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I have a 97 960 the shifter is stuck in park does not release when I depress brake only when I push in manual shift button, dealer said it was solenoid ? can I replace ? how hard is it to do? can anyone explain how to do ? thanks in advance
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Old 10-16-2011, 09:57 PM
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Welcome to the forum. Check forum for PNP switch problem and fixes. Common problem. not hard to fix.

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Old 10-17-2011, 10:58 AM
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There is also a chance you have a bad ignition switch. If you start the car and turn the key back just a little, it may start working properly. It's a common problem with Volvo's built between '93 and '99. Every 960/S90 I owned had the problem. I kinda liked it, it was like a security feature. You may need to get a new ignition switch from FCP or somewhere and replace it. Not as bad as it sounds. The ignition switch is on the other side of the steering collum from where you stick the key in. It has about 15 switches in it that control a lot of stuff. About 75% of them will work when you turn them back a little, the others will not. The part at FCP is about $55.

Common symptoms are:
  • Will not come out of gear.
  • Windows will not come down.
  • Lights don't work.
  • Radio won't come on.
  • Turn signals don't work.
  • Lights don't come one.
  • Cruise control won't engage.
  • The list goes on...
The car will run and drive but most accessories will not work.
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