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1999 Lincoln Town Car shifter stuck in park

Gear shifter won't move out of park. Neither restarting the car nor stepping hard on the brake helps.

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  • brendahays Apr 16, 2009

    I'm at work but will check that when I get home and get back to you.

  • Anonymous Apr 23, 2009

    This is not just a Lincoln issue. Cars with an automatic transmissions have a shift interlock that makes you deprsess the brake pedal to get the car out of park (to keep people from accidentally hitting things).

    If pressing the brake pedal does not let you to move the gear selector, see if there is a small reset botton by the gear selector. (The owners manual may point out where to find the shift interlock button. On some cars, you may have to remove part of the console). In any event, do NOT just try to force the thing out of park - you will just wind up with more problems than you started with).

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    Chuck Martin May 11, 2010

    If you do not have brake lights and you need to drive the vehicle somewhere to get it repaired you can turn the ignition switch to the on position but stop just short of activating the electronics, then you can get shifter to neutral and then you can start it and drive it.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    do the brake lights work?


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Look at the swith on the brake pedal, it shoud have two green wires on it. Make sure it is not melted or the wire is broken. If it is damaged you can connect the 2 wires together to get it into gear, but this should be temporary as it bypasses the neutral safety switch.

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