Question about 2000 Ford Taurus
I have a 2000 ford taurus that will not shift out of park. the brake lights seem to be working. what could be the problem?
You have a shift interlock cable that is suppose to release the shifter when you depress the brake pedal, it sounds like there might be a problem with the interlock cable or the interlock solenoid.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
most likely cause is that the multifunction switch is defective on the steering column. MOTORCRAFT Part # SW5599 Price $96.00
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Posted on Apr 27, 2009
The gear selector is locked until the system detects the brake pedal is being pressed, the brake circuit then sends a signal to the shifter release solenoid to pull a pin back and let you shift out of park, this is a safety feature required by federal law, U need to have someone see if the brake lights go on when you press the pedal, if they don't check the switch at the top of the brake pedal, if the brake lights work then the little solenoid is defective.
Posted on Oct 15, 2008
first check drive axels , since you replaced front springs on struts i assume. it is possible that one of the axels popped out. next if thats ok check fluid level in trans with eng OFF should show over full make a srcribe mark on the stick. then START the eng it should go down to full or just below depends if trans is full or a little low . if level does not drop approx.1/2 in or so then have a transmission shop check for bad splines in torque convertor, that is a comon problem in that car, year and milage do not play a roll a large roll in parts failure in trans any more. not like it use-to.
Posted on Aug 28, 2008
check the brake lights to see if they work ithey do then the problem is in the locking mechanism, however if the brake lights sont work then first check the fuse, check the wires and the connector that hooks up to the brake switch under the pedal and if it is dammaged repair as needed and if yo get the lights working yo have made the lock to work also!!
Posted on Nov 14, 2008
Had the same problem; brake lights worked, too. It freaked me out at first as I was far from home when it happened, but I used the override to get back out of park for a couple days (it's under that "dime sized cover" like snorkelboby said). I asked a mechanic who also thought it was a solenoid issue but turns out, my brakes shoes needed replaced and I haven't had the problem since. I assume since you have to apply the brakes to shift, it must have been the worn shoes...
Posted on Mar 31, 2009
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