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1993 Mazda Miata shift locked/HELP

  • Is anyone familiar with issue? Unable to unlock or shift vehicle. Looking for advice and diagram of how to fix this problem. I have some mechanical ability and can follow instructions without too much  difficulty. Thanks for your help.....SandyC

  • First look for the emergency over-ride release window. It’s usually located at the side of the shifter. If a cap covers the hole, remove it, then slide back the override button. This will work temporarily. You could have a sticking shift-lock solenoid, faulty control cable, or key interlock solenoid and control unit. Check to make sure your fuses are good, and that the brake lights work.

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