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Offline Tin Indians Rule

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« on: October 23, 2006, 11:47:20 PM »
Heres the deal

I bought a 97 Black WS6 Trans am about three months ago and had the guy deliver it to my home from across town. He parked the TA in the drive and we settled up on $$$. A few minutes later I had my wife hop in the car and I navigated her and the car through the tight maze of my overcrowded shop and into the okay for now position until I make more room in the shop.

Other than firing the car up once or twice to let it run I have done nothing with this car. Heres the trouble.

The car will not shift outta park no matter what I do. Foot on the brake, switch on switch off, etc. I've read the 97 trans am for dummies book that was in the glovebox and followed everything exactly as it outlines for starting the car and shifting from park. I know what you're thinking... it's not that difficult. Well, where the car is sitting there is no way to raise the hood, no way to open the passengers door and you can just barely squeeze into the drivers door. So access to stuff is kinda limited.

Does anyone know how to bypass the shifter/brake interlock and where the thing is located? Also, any other ideas on how to get this puppy out of park if the shifter/brake interlock is not the problem?  

I called the guy I bought it from and he said that happened to him once too. Said all he did is take the shift knob off and poured a little bit of oil into the tube that holds the shift knob! That sounds kinda fishy to me.  Does anyone know hoew to get the shift knob off ?

Hope to hear back soon. In the meantime I'll hunt a manual for the car and start trying to plug away at it.
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« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2006, 11:46:18 AM »
Well I have found the BTSI and it's inside the console mounted to the shifter. We'll see if I can get the shift knob off to disconnect the wiring and bypass the interlock.  :D
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« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2006, 11:51:22 PM »
It's outta the garage finally :shock:

After gutting the interior of the car (not really) I found that you cannot simply unhook the BTSI and be able to use the shifter.  :evil:

I also found out that if your car battery is on the weak side and say under 12 volts that you may tear out your console and interior for no reason at all.  :oops:

Seems once the battery was charged up fully the car fired right up and shifted with no trouble.

Oh well, the console, shifter, ash tray, etc all needed a good cleaning anyway. And hey, I found two good bic lighters near the shifter up against the inside of the console. One orange and one ummm pinkish. I wonder if those were factory installed??? :wink:


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« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2006, 12:00:10 AM »
I have seen the red ic from the Factory, but never the pink bics.... must have been a dealer add on.
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« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2006, 12:26:15 AM »
i like your license plate on the F350.
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« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2006, 03:17:37 PM »
Sounds like you got an ultra rare factory under -the-console bic lighter option....Your car must be worth millions!! Seriously, I ran into a similar problem with a friend's car. It isn't a Pontiac, but it had the same problem. It did it intermittently also. I think the brake\shifter thingy ma jig was bad, but there was a button you could push right on the console that was an override button for that purpose. It was kinda hidden under a little plastic trim piece. I don't know if  GM puts the same thing in their cars or not but it might be something to look for in case you ever have the problem again.

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« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2006, 01:32:07 AM »
Quote from: "kyledyr"
i like your license plate on the F350.


Thanks. I've held onto that plate for years. One day I'll transfer it back onto an F-body where it belongs. The tag is a good conversation starter tho.

Ron1973, I appreciate the advice on the bypass. I thought there should be one also. however, I couldn't locate a bypass switch anywhere. The manual doesn't even refer to one. My wife's Xterra has a bypass right on the shifter. What the heck did they think we should do if the battery died??  :lol:
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1976 White 400 Auto (original)
F-body stuff stashed everywhere.
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