Question about 2003 Ford E250
I have ask this question before and received helpful advice but now I have narrowed it down. I have been told that if the safety neutral switch is bad, the gear shift will move from park to the other gears without having your foot on the brake pedal. This is not the case with my problem. The gear shift will not move out of park until I push on the brake pedal.
After I turn on the key, depress the brake pedal and then move the shifter through all the gears and back to neutral, the engine will start.
Does this mean that there is a problem with the linkage. If so how complicated is the linkage fix.
You linkage is working properly it sounds like, especially if the indicator for "D, R, N", etc are lining up. However the linkage or the neutral safety switch may need to be adjusted. More than likely, it's your neutral safety switch.
The brake pedal release has nothing to do with the neutral safety switch when switching gears.
The brake pedal release is just a safety to prevent you from pushing the gear shifter accidentally. Actually, you should be able to start the truck without holding the brakes.
If the neutral safety switch is bad or misaligned, it'll do exactly what you're describing. If pulling it down in neutral starts the truck, then that's a sure indicator.
Posted on Feb 10, 2009
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