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Nice story; I like this thread.

Not to your main point but I was curious enough about this trick' to look through the User manual and then the Transmission section of the Service manual for more information, despite my truck having a manual transmission. While I did find an A/T Shift Lock System description I could not find reference to this hidden slot. On the thought this is common on auto trannies I am going to check out my daughter's Mazda at my next opportunity as this would be a handy thing to know how to do, so your 'random act of kindness' may carry further than you originally thought. Thanks

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The only reason that this trick was fresh on my mind was that I just bought a used 2013 Honda Fit Sport Automatic for my daughter and happened to read of this in the Owner's Manual. My wife and I both drive 6-Speed manuals, so I'm largely in the dark on automatics of all kinds.

As an aside, my daughter's Fit has paddle shifters for optional use. They're kind of fun to mess with. You can use them at any time while in [D] or when in [S] the transmission is almost totally dependent on driver inputs, although it won't allow anything stupid. It's not like a true manual, but at least it invites driver involvement. My daughter is quite competent on a manual transmission, so has an appreciation for the paddle shifters.

Honda has a less than stellar reputation for automatic transmission reliability, so my first job on her Fit will be to replace the transmission fluid and filter. At 60,000 Miles, it's probably a good idea anyway.

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Now a question! What might have caused his shifter to lock up and what happens mechanically when the key is inserted in the slot?

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Battery discharged or electronic unlock process (switch, wiring, etc) broken is my guess. The auto fronty requires the brake to be depressed (and maybe some other criteria as well, key position, etc) in order to shift out of park. I believe this shifter unlock process is electronic. So if the battery on the fronty is dead, even with the brake depressed and other criteria met, it will not shift out of park requiring the need for your special trick, which mechanically overrides the electronic lock. I believe that's how it works anyway, I have not yet had to do this myself.

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Had a great day with my sons today by having them being involved in helping strangers.

* we drove all over town through 6" snow and gave poinsettias to widows. Both my boys and these women loved it.

* while getting a few hot chocolates and a coffee, we paid for the truck behind us order. Have no clue who they were but got a wave.

* my sons once again took money they have saved all year and bought warm and dry clothing for the homeless and needy here in our small town. I match their savings and that equated to over $300. I am proud of those little guys.
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Had a great day with my sons today by having them being involved in helping strangers.

* we drove all over town through 6" snow and gave poinsettias to widows. Both my boys and these women loved it.

* while getting a few hot chocolates and a coffee, we paid for the truck behind us order. Have no clue who they were but got a wave.

* my sons once again took money they have saved all year and bought warm and dry clothing for the homeless and needy here in our small town. I match their savings and that equated to over $300. I am proud of those little guys.
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Here's a video on this subject worth a watch. Caused me to think a little.
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In the spirit of the day, I paid for the order of the woman behind me at the coffee shop drive-through.
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The store next to my Post Office had cheap tulips on sale, I picked up several bushels and took them to one of my neighbours that is a lonely widow; as of late she has lost her son, one of her daughters, her husband (who was a good friend of mine), and now her other daughter is dying of cancer. I figured she probably hasn't had a man give her flowers in a long time unless death was involved. She was very happy to get them.
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