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Hey, my xtrail sometimes refuses to move from gear P even when the brake if fully engaged. I have to use the manual shift lock release then it moves.

It doesn't happen ALL the time, just sometimes.

I went to an electrician and he didn't see a problem - because it was shifting as normal.

Then when i got home it was stuck again.

Anyone knows what might be causing this problem?

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Hey well the dealership here in Trinidad sucks @$$ and if i wanted to carry it in i'd have to make an appointment for them to even check it, and i'd get that appointment in like 3-4 weeks after the date i call. Then more than likely they won't have the part in stock so i'd have to wait 6 weeks for them to order it, then wait another 3 months to actually get it, then make another appointment to carry it in for them to change it.

An electrician suspects it is the brake switch, can you tell me where it's located?...or like a possible schematic so i'll know what i'm looking for?

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I was not saying go for a check,what i ment was to go to the service counter and ask if it was a common problem with the x-t and if they say yes ask for an idea on the price again, if they insist on getting an appointement to get it checked, just say that you are curious about the price to repair, in case that the x-t is due.

I don t know where the brake switch is,could be under the brake pedal or somewhere else.

Just curious,have you checked if your brake lights work?
It could be the selenoid that moves the pin that lock the lever.
 

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Yupp both my brake lights work fine.

I know what you're saying, but these people are the worst, for one they will tell me they can't tell me what the problem might be because i'd have to bring it in for them to check first.
 

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hey my gf's xtrail had the same issue, even with the brake pedal down it wud not engage the gear to move it from P at times. we got it checked and they said its the brake caliper, its stuck or faulty. that's the click sound u hear when u press ur brake pedal down that allows u to push the button it and shift the lever. you will have to get it replaced.

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sorry don't mean to confuse anyone, its the brake pedal caliper. at least i think that's what it was as far as i can remember.
 

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I got a similar issue. Sometimes I have difficulty to move from P to other gears, not relative temperature or parking surface (no matter level or not). I can still move it from P to N then to D, but I need to use a little bit more force to move it out from P, not smooth (very obvious).

I went to the dealer before but their technician can't reproduce the problem, and let me bring it in later and check again, even the master technician told me they never see this problem.

Do you guys have any idea what's wrong? My XT 2006 Bonavista will be out of warranty soon so it's better to fix it quickly.

PS. I found a symbol. When I park the suv and push the gear to P, if I feel something "block" a little bit (not very bad but still fan feel a little bit not smooth), then if I try to move from P to N, I will have the the same issue again. So I will find a time to stop at the dealer, park many times until I feel that, and then let they FEEL the issue I have.
 

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Hey well i solved the problem since, there is a little solenoid in the shifter mechanism which open/closes when the brake is applied, however it went bad and there was no way to remove it to change it so i ended up having to buy a complete shifter.

Initially an electrician by passed the solenoid by simply putting a zip tie to hold the solenoid in the closed position i believe, i left it like that so i could have drove (without having to use the shift lock release button) to go find a shifter - luckily i scored a used one from an xtrail front half in a scrap yard.
 

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Me, too!

Old thread, I see, but why start a new one? This has happened three times now. When I try to shift out of park, it will not budge. After several attempts, it does move into gear, but I am a bit concerned as I would hate for this to happen and then be stuck somewhere! This has just happened here at home so far...
Anything I should be looking for? Anyone else have this issue since 2009?? :D
 

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try this:

when you are going to stop and park your car:

fully stop, move to N, lift the hand break, while still pressing the brake by foot
lift your foot slowly and release the brake, your car should not move if your hand break is engaged well
at this moment, the car is only rely on hand brake to prevent the car roll, now, move gear to P.

Try it, next time when you shift from P to N/R, you should be fine.
 

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I think your problem is related to a linkage cable that is stretched. Apparently happens if car is parked regularly on an upslope. Makes for a hard shift out of park. Think there is a write up on this on the Aussie x trail forum. I will try and find the link for you when I have a chance.
 
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