Hello. As most of you know, this is a common issue in most subarus. Where the abs, traction control and hill assist light came on and the car wont shift out of park. Well I was affected by this issue and upon further research found out that there was a recall on a lot of subarus regarding this.
Well my in laws were using the car and it happened to them. They were a bit stranded until my wife picked them up while I was working. I was driving a loaner car.
So I looked it up at work and found out that u can pop the little hole for the shoft release and push it in.
I also looked at that there might be a blown fuse regarding the brake lights since the car won't shift. All fueses were fine.
It happened friday night and every subaru dealer were booked yesterday due to memorial day weekend.
So I got some time today to tinker and see what the problem was and maybe go to autozone to get that switch. Mind you that my car only has 4000 miles on it. I'm pretty sure my Bulbs are fresh.
So I removed the brake light or stoplight switch. I was surprised to see nissan brand product there. It is brown color and the plunger housing is blue. I opened the assembly and found some grease coating on yhe metal contact surfaces. I wiped them off.
Then I turned on the car and push it a few Times. My wife was about to leave the house to take the in laws ro the airport and she told me my brake lights are working. Yay I thought.
I pushed the button while trying to shift the car out of park. The 3 lights came on and it won't budge.
Ok so I know the switch is good. And my brake lights are good.
I looked down again and found when I installed the switch, the black wiring housing is kinked. So I cut it open and just kinda let the wires bend naturally.
Drum roll....... it worked!!! So now the car knows I have my brakes back on and let me shift freely.
So if you have a relatively new car, your kinked wires from the stoptlight switch might be the issue. Or too much grease from the plunger migrated to the metal contact points inside the assembly.
One word of caution. Remember how the plunger sits by the brake lever. Mine wouldn't sit flush when the brake lever is not depressed. So I pushed the brake lever, installed the thing to flush and it activated the brake enough that even on reverse and drive my car couldn't move.
So I took it out, let go of the brake and installed it as far as it could go. Amd now I got rid of the issue and I can drive my car around.
Hope that helps.
Oh the stoplight switch can be removed by twisting it out counter clockwise. Reverse the process to re insert. The release between the housing and main wiring should be at the top position. No tools required to remove the stoplight switch out of its socket and disconnect from the main wiring assembly.
I used a flathead to open the plunger assembly.