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Mercury 2004 van brake lockout won't release shifter out of park

Van will not come out of park with the brake applied

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dennisgladx
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SOURCE: 2004 Mercury Mountaineer Emergency Brake Adjustment

Greetings larslabs,
My name is Dennis and I can assist you to finding your parking brake adjustment location.
1) the adjustment is located so that you have to remove your center console floor finish panel (this is the drink holder).
2) raise your parking brake lever and gently pry the plastic tabs from the center console.
3) Once you can see the park brake lever you will see a nut that is turned to adjust the lever so that it has 5 clicks when it is applied.
Glad to be of assistance and thank you for using FixYa. Please rate the solution because I can learn from your rating (and it keeps my rating up to date). Thank you, Dennis

Posted on Nov 16, 2008

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SOURCE: Parking Brake Assembly for a 2004 Mercury Mountaineer

go to an advance or auto zone parts store if they are more they will price match

Posted on Jan 04, 2009

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SOURCE: cant move shifter out of park

the most probable cause is a bad brake pedal switch. this is a safety feature on most vehicles, to use the brake before shifting. if putting on a new switch, make sure the switch is adjusted to turn on brake lights when pedal is depressed. hope this helps ya,

Posted on Dec 15, 2009

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SOURCE: 97' mercury sable the gear shifter will not shift

Sounds like the safety switch that allows it to shift out of park with brake pedal applied is faulty.

Posted on Apr 07, 2010

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SOURCE: 1992 mercury xr-7, shifter is

Hello, Check out the top part of your brake pedal lever. The switch that makes the shifter release can be broken or knocked out of position. You will notice the Brake lights are probably not working either. Once you get the brake lights to work, the shifter should work.

Posted on Jul 19, 2011

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Why it will not go into gear?


check to see if the brake lights are working. some cars have a lockout for the gear shifter that won`t allow you to shift out of park if they are not working. it is wired into the brake light switch so when the switch or fuse is not working then the car won`t shift out of park.

May 26, 2014 | 2006 Chrysler Pacifica

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Shifter interlock


what car, you never said? NOR YEAR?
park lock out feature;. its broken , they do that. (BTSI system)
got A/T? or M/T both auto and stick shift have lockout.

no car/year, you get the generic answer.
there is a park lockout DEFEATER on most cars, (never on new cars,due to federal bs)

on the shift console, see the defeat device.
the operators guide covers this. its for EMERGENCIES.
pick one.
http://justgivemethedamnmanual.com/jeep/

the A/T box,
Brakes + handle button press, unlocks BTSI

on 2005 and up , no bypass
if the key gets locked too, that tells you what is bad , on newer jeeps
on newer jeeps read this
http://www.lostjeeps.com/forum/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?p=366251

this feature (pain) has many failure points.
any cable that jams, there are 2 , one to tranny or ignition
switch. and the brake solenoid unlocker in shift handle.
and the button, to unluck shifter, brake switch (no brake lights/)
to diagnosis it is easy , dismantle the console at shifter
then disconnect cables to find if one is stuck, (easy huh?)
and defeat the solenoid, by hand or 12v applied. and check the button
that it does in fact release.
NOT PARK LOCKOUT: (for if not on flat ground?)
reason 2 , driver, parked on a hill with tire to curb and did so
not setting brakes first (or bad ebrake ) and now the tranny parking
pawl is jammed , opps. so wiggle the steering and wiggle shifter,
or have some one push car forward (parked up hill on right) to release
parking pawl. (or gorilla it, ask bubba to muscle it out of park.)
if down hill , well, you get the idea..... pain.. gotta love A/Ts not.
Folks in Sanfranciso, just roll eyes at you, new in town>?

now the grand cherroke,, why not post car model, and year, dang.

quote 2010 oper guide, get one.
Brake/Transmission Interlock Manual Override Your vehicle may be equipped with a shift lock manual override. The manual override may be used in the event that the shift lever should fail to move from PARK with the ignition switch in the ON position and the brake pedal pressed. To operate the shift lock manual override, perform the following steps: 1. Turn the ignition switch to the ON position without starting the engine. 2. Firmly set the parking brake. 3. Using a flat-bladed screwdriver, carefully remove the shift lock manual override cover, which is located on the PRNDL bezel. 4. Press and maintain firm pressure on the brake pedal. 5. Using the screwdriver, reach into the manual override opening. Press and hold the shift lock lever down. Interlock Manual Override end quote.
no all jeeps have this,

Feb 06, 2014 | Jeep Cars & Trucks

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2004 Jeep Liberty, gear shift stuck in park. button won't go in


The first thing to do is check the brake lights, it they are not working the park lock system will not release the shifter.

May 17, 2013 | 2004 Jeep Liberty

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Having two problems, wont start in park, have to put into neutral to start, also no brake lights, fuses are fine. Help please. 2001 ford windstar


Look at the top of your Brake pedal for a switch. It needs to send a signal for the brake lights and the release of the gearshift/starter solenoid lockout.

Drivers feet often move or break this switch and a good indication the problem is there is having no brake lights.

It is a bit odd that you can move the gearshift at all without the signal from the brake switch. The idea of having these extra parts is to prevent the van from starting without your foot on the brake or getting out of Park without your foot on the brake.

So you may have to fix more than just the brake switch. There may be a misalignment or broken part on the shifter lockout.

Mar 29, 2013 | 2001 Ford Windstar

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Shift lever will not move out of park. Engine is running, seat belt fastened, parking brake released, all doors hood and trunk closed, foot firmly on brake pedal.When the button on the side of the shifter...


you should hear a click from the solenoid when you apply the brakes. If your brake lights don't work, your shift lock release won't either. There is a bypass method for emergencies in your owner manual. Check fuse for brake lights. And switch on brake pedal

Nov 06, 2011 | 2000 Saturn Ls 4dr Sedan

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1992 mercury xr-7, shifter is hung up in park, I believe you have to have your foot on the brake to disenage. with my foot on brake pedal botton on shifter will not press in to move shifter out of park....


Hello, Check out the top part of your brake pedal lever. The switch that makes the shifter release can be broken or knocked out of position. You will notice the Brake lights are probably not working either. Once you get the brake lights to work, the shifter should work.

Jul 16, 2011 | Mercury Cougar Cars & Trucks

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My 1999 gmc yukon denali won't shift out of park


Check the brake switch. The brake switch releases the locking pin for the shifter when you apply the brake. Common problem with GM. Turn the key on, apply the brake on and off and listen to see if you hear a click in the steering collumn. Do this a few times to make sure you can hear it. If you can't then the switch is bad.

Jul 13, 2011 | GMC Yukon Denali Cars & Trucks

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I have 2004 Ford F150 Lariat, my shifter is located between the driver and passenger seat. When I am in park and hit my break sometimes it will not let me come out of park. I opened up the console and saw...


as a safety precaution today's vehicles are not supposed to shift out of park until brake pedal is depressed. usually it is one of two things that might cause your dilema, 1- you have a bad brake light switch and truck does not release shifter since it does not recognize you brake pedal as being pushed or 2- a bad shift interlock switch. make sure your brake lights work if they are orerational than most likely you have a bad shift interlock switch, not an uncommon problem. if this was helpful please leave positive rating.

Dec 02, 2010 | Ford F-150 Cars & Trucks

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Won't shift out of park \


There are few things that has to be checked 1)Transmission Lockout switch on the brake pedal 2) If transmission lockout switch checked out OK , then the solenoid on the gear lever that is activated by that switch has to be checked. 3)Step on the brake pedal and see if the brake lights come on. If they don't, check the brake light fuse to see if it is blown.
If they the brake lights come on, then turn the key to where the steering wheel unlocks, but no lights come on. Set the park brake and see if the shifter will shift into neutral.
If the shifter moves out of park, then you will need to check the shift interlock actuator as its not getting power when the brake pedal is depressed.
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May 20, 2010 | 1997 Ford F150 Regular Cab

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