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Hi I have a 91 Honda Accord. Lately I notice that when I take it out of park it seemed a little hard. Then yesterday I went to the store and when I tried to get it out of park it would not budge. Someone told me to stick the key in the slot and that released the shift....but everytime I park I have to put the key in to get to release. I also notice that it is very slow in picking up after I stop at a light or just starting out. The check engine light has not come on but the S light came on and now it will not come on at all. it has a lot of miles on it but before this happened it seemed to be running fine.....any ideas? I have to keep this car......no$$$ for a new one. Thanks for your help. ILOVE YOUR SITE......GREAT FOR WOMEN....WE NEED THAT.... MORE ....WOMEN POWER!!!

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Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear Ann, There is a shift lock solenoid on your transmission that keeps if from shifting unless you push the button on the handle. When this solenoid fails you have a manual override, which is where you're putting your key in to release it. It sounds like the solenoid has gone bad, you should take it to a dealership to have it checked out. The pick up being slow at start up could have something to do with the transmission or the engine. It's best to get a diagnosis from a factory trained technician on this problem also. It could be something simple as a tune up. Honda's are great cars, good luck with yours. Lori

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