Tip & How-To about Ford Explorer Sport Trac

Car transmission life tip

It’s a little pedal near your left leg, or a lever on your right. Yes, that mysterious device that you’ve never used is actually valuable. When you park on an incline, or even on fairly steady ground, without using the parking brake, you’re putting all of the stress of the car on your transmission. The only thing inside that transmission holding your car steady is a little pin called a parking pawl. By using the parking brake, you lock up the non-drive wheels as well as the drive wheels and take the stress off of the transmission. It’ll add years of life to your cars transmission . Just remember to disengage it before you start driving again.

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handbrake light stays on


I am going to hope these two items are related.
First the handbrake.
On most cars, it works like this. ( Wish I could say that for VW !)
The handbrake lever or pedal has a very small switch, about the size of your little finger, located in a place near the lever or pedal so that, when you push the pedal or pull the lever, the little switch has a button inside it that is released to come out, and that turns on your light, telling you the brake is on.
It is a "push button" switch.
When you release the pedal or the brake lever to normal position, the button is pushed back into the switch turning off the light.
I suspect you have a lever between the seats.
It will be surely hard to find the switch, as it likely is down inside the console.
If yours has the pedal under the dashboard, it is much easier to find, as you should be able to see it way up under the dashboard near the top of the emergency brake pedal.
The switches are usually only a few dollars, unless you go to a car dealer, and the labor can be high.
Oh yes, sometimes the switches are made of cheap plastic, and they can actually break or fall out of their socket !
I think the beeping may just be an audible reminder of the switch problem.
Be Blessed.

Feb 02, 2013 | Volkswagen Polo Cars & Trucks

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hummer H3 airbag light wont go off


Airbag light on in a Hummer H3 Dashboard???Here is the fix...
Start the engine of your car, set the parking brake, hold the regular brake pedal down with your right foot. Push down the parking brakepedal to its fully-applied position with your left foot. Now while you are still holding the regular brake pedal down. Quickly release the parking brake, Pull the bottom edge of the lever, located above the parking brake pedal, with the parking brake
symbol, directly rearward to release the parking brake. Make sure pedal snaps hard all the way back releasing the parking brake... If this doesn't work the first try, try it 3-5 times and it shall work... The airbag light will go off...


NOTE: The parking brake pedal is located to the left of the regular brake pedal, near the driver's door.
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The parking brake lever is located above the parking brake pedal, with the parking brake symbol.

May 28, 2012 | 2006 Hummer H3

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I cant get my key out of the ignition ever since last night when i had a tire blow out. any suggestions?


yes my passport had the same problem its related to when u put your car in park theres a little pin right behind the ignition that disengages the key i had to take my cover of the column and manualy push it up towards me as far as i know the actual fix for this problem is hard and very expensive it involves a cable that has to be rerouted there is no adjustment it just gets stretched out over time so i just left my column cover off its a little unsightly but its a whole lot cheaper hope this helps

Aug 05, 2011 | 1999 Honda Passport

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replaced tail light bulbs checked fuse and my brake lights still dont work what di i do


It is probably your brake switch. It is located right above your brake pedal. The brake pedal leg actually hits the brake switch, therfore, turning on your lights. It is probably broke. It looks like a round chrome cylinder usually. It is right above that pedal.

Mar 03, 2011 | 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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wont shift out of park


Same thing happened to me. I had accidentally kicked something while streching out my right leg. It turns out there is an actual switch somewhere up above your feet directly above the brake pedal area that I had toggled when streching my leg!

Because I knew that it must have been that I kicked something, I was reaching under there, above near the brake pedal and eventually, miraculously found a little switch, which when toggled again, allowed me to get the car out of park and drive away.

I have yet to find any reference to this in the owners manual or online yet, but it's a fact.
I tried to find the switch again a moment ago, but could not - had to get back into work as I had been stranded on the road for the last half hour.

WEIRD!

Feb 07, 2009 | 2007 Dodge Caliber SXT Sport Hatchback

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