Ok so I was just given an old 96 legacy with an auto trans, by a buddy. A few months back, the car randomly wouldnt start, no crank, nothing. Wont come out of park even with key on engine off, and pressing brake pedal. You cant hear the shift lock solenoid clicking when you press the brake pedal like in my 02 legacy. Well we bypassed all that stuff and ran a switch from the starter solenoid and got it started, but the shifter still wouldnt move out of park. At this point we took the center console out and moved the shift lock by finger and got it into gear (we needed the car moved asap as it was in the way).
Sometime in this process, my friend managed to muscle the shifter further than it was probably supposed to go (on accident, he kind of fell on it, long story), and now the trans isnt shifting right and it seems the shifter locations are off. We can get it to go into drive, but its slips on occasion, and wont go into 4th gear. This problem didnt start until after my friend muscled the shifter on accident. Could this just be a shifter linkage issue from being muscled, or did it just toast this trans?