97 Riv problem!!

Discussion in 'The "Juice Box"' started by Kenny462, Oct 7, 2017.

  1. Kenny462

    Kenny462 Gold Level Contributor

    my 97 Riv has a floor shifter that the button will not go down to get the trans out of park. this my not be the place to inquire but the Buick store wants a full day labor to look into my problem. who else to help, but a group of Buick nuts. thanks. kenny462.
     
  2. pbr400

    pbr400 68GS400

    Shift interlock failure? Somewhere in the mechanical linkage, probably in the console, is a solenoid that gets a signal from the brake pedal. Often there’s a bypass-a hole to jam your key into in the console or something similar. Maybe in the owner’s manual?
    Patrick
     
  3. LARRY70GS

    LARRY70GS a.k.a. "THE WIZARD"

    First, if you want to work on your Riviera, you must have the FSM, it is NOT optional. Get the set on Ebay,

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/1997-Oldsmo...ash=item2840182b22:g:YiYAAOSwjn9Zjmjh&vxp=mtr

    If not, then you are at the mercy of a repair shop. The FSM has trouble charts for every conceivable problem.

    Second, ask here, http://rivperformance.editboard.com/forum That board is the V8buick of the 95-99 Riviera.

    First thing I would check is your brake light switch. Do your brake lights work? Does the cruise control work? Might be that simple.
     
  4. Kenny462

    Kenny462 Gold Level Contributor

    thanks Larry! I did not know of the Riv site. Riv club is based out of Denver. great site. thanks again. kenny462
     
  5. schlepcar

    schlepcar Gold Level Contributor

    The last one I did had a wire that simply came apart on the shift lock mechanism under the shifter plate in the console. Seems to be a common problem in late 90's GM harnesses. Not necessarily a cure all,but an easy spot to check.
     

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