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Old 09-29-2018, 02:57 PM
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I have a 2000 dakota that won't come out of park. Through my online research and several tests, I have concluded my.problem is the brake transmission shift interlock solenoid. That was the easy part. But now I can't find this part anywhere. I've read it might come attached permanently to a section of cable. Can't find that anywhere either. Including from mopar's parts site. I don't know where exactly its located on the truck. I can't even find a picture of this darn thing. Does anybody know where I can order this part from?? I've never had so much trouble in my life!
 
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Old 09-29-2018, 04:04 PM
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OK, this is just weird.. I just researched this part in another thread.. I believe it is attached to the shift lever cable, I remember taking it out when I did my 5 speed swap.

Check out this thread for a pic of it:

https://dodgeforum.com/forum/2nd-gen...nder-dash.html
 
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Old 09-29-2018, 04:59 PM
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Take the boot off around the column shifter. Reach in there next to the detent plate, and push. It's a slide pin that has to be lubricated or it will lock the shifter out. I have a thread on it, let me find it.
 
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Old 09-29-2018, 05:01 PM
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Old 09-30-2018, 06:13 PM
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Magnethead, its is not the locking pin. I explored this first because it would have been easiest. I have the column completely exposed right now and when I disconnected the shifter cable the shift arm moves freely.
 
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Old 09-30-2018, 06:42 PM
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Tonypilot7, I looked at that other thread you posted on and I have to agree with magnethead's comment on it. I don't see anything at all that looks like that on my 2000. I don't understand why this is such an elusive part
 
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Old 10-01-2018, 03:54 PM
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Tonypilot7, I looked at that other thread you posted on and I have to agree with magnethead's comment on it. I don't see anything at all that looks like that on my 2000. I don't understand why this is such an elusive part

It looks like BTSI was added in 2002.. I found a reference to it in the 2003 FSM. Updated the other post with pics, but It doesn't look like BTSI is your problem. I would pop the cable off at the transmission and check for free movement of both the cable and the shift arm on the transmission. I don't know much about slushboxes, so beyond that, I wouldn't know which way to go.
 

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Old 10-01-2018, 04:31 PM
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Yes, BTSI came out later.

What engine/transmission do you have?

Is the truck on a level surface? Sometimes, if not level, the weight of the truck on the parking sprag can make it difficult to come out of park.
 
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Old 10-01-2018, 04:55 PM
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Its parked pretty close to level. I had a buddy mention that and he suggested rocking the truck back and forth while someone tried pulling the shifter out of park. I tried that and it didn't work. He also mentioned that the torque converter might have gone bad. Does that sound reasonable at all?
 
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Old 10-01-2018, 05:31 PM
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The torque converter could grenade in the bellhousing, but, the shifter would still work.

You have something bound up. Need to find out what. Disconnect the cable at both ends, does it move? If not, replace it. If it does, then try the shift lever at the trans. (have someone sitting the truck, stepping on the brake..... don't wanna get run over if it actually comes out of park. That would be embarrassing.)
 
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