Safety switch on shifter wont release to go into gear
Have a automatic with console shifter the button on the side of the shifter is starting to lock, and will not allow me to shift into drive reverse nuetral, is this a safety switch? where is it at where can I geta part and how do I fix it oh 2006 lincoln navigater 4wd
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It could be that the "Neutral Start Switch" has failed! This is a safety switch to prevent the vehicle starting in gear, it could be located either at the bottom of the shifter in the centre console or mounted on the side of the transmission.
What make vehicle ? Most all vehicles have a safety system .Don't try an force anything you'll break it ! Electronic Park Lock (EPL)/Ignition Lock Cylinder Control Actuator: If the vehicle is equipped with automatic transmission and a floor mounted console gear shift, it has an ignition lock cylinder control actuator system in the steering column. The ignition lock cylinder control actuator purpose is to prevent the ignition key from being turned to the OFF position when the transmission is in any position other than PARK and the vehicle may still be moving. The column ignition lock system consists of an ignition lock cylinder control actuator, and a park position switch that is located in the automatic transmission shift lock control switch. The ignition lock cylinder control actuator contains a pin that is spring loaded to mechanically prevent the ignition key cylinder from being turned to the lock position when the vehicle transmission is not in the PARK position. If vehicle power is lost, and/or the transmission is not in the PARK position the operator will not be able to turn the ignition key to the lock position and will not be able to remove the ignition key from the column. They also have this on column mounted shifters !
sounds like you have to take the console out and see if something is obstructing the shifter or gear release mechanism. Or something got broken or bent inside that shifter or the linkage. But you're gonna have to look more in depth by taking that console out.
The problem is the park safety switch on the brake pedal (a gblue rubber looking ring under u pedal) because it is not working correctly the pin under the center console is stuck and not releasing the shift
In my case the tip of the blue rubber ring under the pedal broke therefore it did not press the switch which pulls back the pin which locks the shifter in park. (this can cause your break lights to stay on if it breaks or falls off when you apply the brakes)
so, for a few dollars you can replace the ring which notifies the switch to allow the pin that locks the shifter in park to release it.
I did not know I had broke the blue thing (another day, another story) and needed to get somewhere fast so...
I removed the 4 screws that hold the face plate that the shifter sticks up through, I found a white pin down in the console (there is a square white switch underneath and to the left that works the pin, i bent back the bracket until i could pull the pin put of the shifter lock and put the car in gear. However, my car does not lock in Park now. I figure I could use the parking brake if worried which never have and i have had no problems. In fact I forgot all about it until reading this post. Guess I ought to put the pin back in the switch since a few weeks later I had to fix the blue piece in order to get my brake lights to turn off.. (the other day, the other story.)( and how I stumbled upon The Rest of the Story!)
I apologize for my undeveloped vehicular parts terminology. I am not of the male gender and therefore lack the DNA required for innate understanding of anything mechanical. But i can use a screwdriver and look around .....Its that easy!
This car has a lock out device as all vehicles have. You need to depress the brake firmly to shift into gear as you may know. The solenoid that retracts the lock out for the shifting is at fault and needs to be replaced. You will see it if you remove the entire top of the shifting console
If it wont move into gear,the safety switch is malfunctioning. You can take the plug out of the hole on the upper right side of the console just to the right of the gear shift lever. put a philips screwdriver in the hole and press down. this will manually release the gear shifter mechanism.
shift lock located on your shifter by sticking a key or an small object into the hole to release the lock; Only used when need to shift out of gear if the battery is dead OR the brake sereniod switch goes bad and wont release the lock to the shifter when applying pressure to brake peddle to allow you to move shifter into gear. also state in owners manuel.
Automatic cars have a built in safety to prevent the shifter from accidentally shifting into gear. Most cars require pressing on the brake to disengage this locking system and some require the pressing of the brake along with pressing the release on the shifter to shift it into gear
Hi all, I have a 2002 Renault Megane 1.6 Convertible and experienced exactly the same fault. Needed a team effort but we found a very easy quick fix to this problem. If you take the plastic cover off from under the gear shifter, you will notice a release button covered by a rubber cover. Pressing this release button allows the gear shifter to move from its locked/jammed position. (This is not the fix but it helps with the fix). If you are fortunate enough to have a 2nd person available, have them poke their head under the bonnet to watch the Gearbox cable move....while you are shifting the gear shifter inside the vehicle. Your partner will see that a cable with a plastic locking device (right hand side of the engine cover) has popped off the shifter for the transmission. Move the shifter until you can physically put the plastic locking device back on the shifter mechanism and your all good to go. No need for that new gearbox that you might have been quoted on!! An easy fix that I am surprised no mechanically minded professional/body in the world has volunteered the solution to. I wonder why????
Check the brake lights when this problem occurs, if they don't come on then the solenoid that unlocks the shifter will no energize on to unlock the shifter, it is a safety feature. Most likely the brake light switch is at fault in this issue.