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2000 ford windstar wont shift out of park

Brakelights dont work
replaced the brake light switch
im thinking there is a wiring problem or ignition lock problem
any suggestion would be appreciated.
thanks peter

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  • jrauma Mar 01, 2009

    I have 2002 Ford Windstar; the brakelights sometimes stay on while driving and even after parking the vehicle. When I kick the pedal sideways they go off, but sometimes they may even go on by themselves hours after parking and drain the battery.


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Do the trun sigals work and have check the fuse. take a test light go to the brake light switch one side of the switch will be hot all the time the other will show power after you close the switch . stepping on the pedal close the switch. so if you have no power to the switch it will not work , check the fuse before going any fruther good luck kdc744

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