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1996 ford aspire. replaced battery and car is locked in park.

Towed car. behind uhaul. tranny in neutral and key in on position. after arrival battery was dead . tried to jump no luck. install new battery. lights work but won't turn over and car is locked in park.

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  • hughesjd Apr 04, 2009

    tow truck driver knew where the tranny shift interlock was. we pushed the car to parking spot and found a blown fusue. all is weel except radio doesn't work.



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Check your brake light switch . and the brake transmission shift interlock solenoid. and fuse . if either is bad you cant get transmission out of park. get a haynes manual to tell you where the brake transmission shift inter lock switch solenoid located.

Posted on Apr 04, 2009

  • Jonah Oneal Apr 04, 2009

    check radio fuse and wires



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