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1997 ford f150 lariat - won't shift out of park

~ Fuses were checked, seem fine
~ when brakes applied while in park the lights don't always show that the brakes are being applied however when you are driving the brakes work fine, but the lights still don't reflect that you are stopping/applying brakes
~ i have been starting the truck, getting it into gear and shutting it off in neutral so Iit will shift into drive or reverse when I have to go somewhere

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  • kmurray759 Mar 06, 2009

    ok, wow, I don't really know how to check voltage and all that, I have read about the brake light switch, it's a half foot up the brake pedal and just unplug and replace - it that does not work then what??

  • kmurray759 Mar 06, 2009

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOIUR INPUT, I think I am gonna go to parts store and request a brake switch for a 1997 ford f150? And I assume I just unplug the old one and place the new one in??

  • kmurray759 Mar 08, 2009

    How do you take the old brake lamp failure switch off? Do I just pull the ppin out and then pull the switch out to replace it wih the new one?? Then I assume I put the new one in and put the old pin thing back in it or does the new part come with a new pin??

    Help please I am a girl and don't want to get screwed at the garage.

  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2009

    what is the actual part called, I am trying to order the part - its a 97 ford f150 v6 engine. I am looking to get the part that is six inches up in the brake pedal, what's it called??

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    my brake indicator light does not come on when hand brakes are applied

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It sounds like the shifter lock out solenoid has gone bad.It is a solenoid that releases the shifter when you push the brake pedal.

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Check fuse 13 (15amp) in the interior fuse panel.If it is ok check and see if you have voltage to the LG/R wire at the brake lamp switch under the dash at the top of the brake pedal.If you have voltage there then press brake and check the LG wire on the other side of the switch. If you don't then replace the switch.

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    Chuck Martin Mar 06, 2009

    One other thing sometimes one of those wires will break at the connector to the switch.If this is the case you can get a replacement connector that splices into the old wires.

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    Chuck Martin Mar 06, 2009

    Go to the parts store and buy a cheap 12V test light they are only 5 or 6 bucks. Hook one end to ground(one of the bolts at the steering column) then check both sides of the fuse and see if light lights up then do the same thing at the switch.

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    Chuck Martin Mar 06, 2009

    And another thing you MUST have brake lights in order for the shift solenoid to work this is what feeds the solenoid. So do not replace shift solenoid until you get brake lights working and then it still will not come out of gear.

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    Chuck Martin Mar 08, 2009

    You will see a stud on the pedal that the brake lamp switch and brake booster rod hooks to then a pin goes thru the hole in the end to keep them on.

    Just look at it good before you pull the pin out and put it right back in the same way it comes off.

    I wish you would check it with a test light before replacing it though so you will know for sure it is bad. It is not hard to do.

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Check your brake light switch on the brake pedal under the dash it either has a loose connection at the plug or it is out of adjustment or just wore out.

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  • snipehunter Mar 08, 2009

    it still loks like the brake light switch has a intermitent problem check the connections and or replace the switch.

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