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Stop lights, Shifting. Cruise control

No stop lights when brake applied. Will not shift out of park when car is running. (When off turn key partly on shift to neutral then start.) Cruise control has stopped working. Have checked all the little fuses (2-15 Amp) in box under dash. What else should I try?

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Most likely you're looking at the switch by the brake pedal. (stop light switch)

That switch not only controls the rear brake lights, but also the solenoid that releases the shift lock for the shifter.

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Posted on Oct 21, 2013

Testimonial: "Jason, when looking up the part it shows a switch and a switch with wires. Which one should I use? Thank you so very much for you solution and time."

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  • Catherine Murphy Oct 23, 2013

    Testimonial: "Jason, when looking up the part it shows a switch and a switch with wires. Which one should I use? Thank you so very much for you solution and time."

  • Jason Lepak
    Jason Lepak Oct 23, 2013

    It's been a while since I've replaced one on this car, so you would have to look at the one that's currently installed in your car.

  • Jason Lepak
    Jason Lepak Oct 23, 2013

    Here is a diagnostic description....

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    Jason Lepak Oct 23, 2013

    Tests/Procedures: 1. Disconnect the Brake Pedal Position switch located above the brake pedal and connect a short finder between power and the Red/Light Green (RD/LG) wire. 2. Disconnect items downstream of the Brake Pedal Position switch until the short finder stops indicating a short and isolate the shorted component or harness as necessary 3. Disconnect the multifunction switch connection. The circuit feeds the rear brake lights through the multifunction switch. 4. Disconnect the speed control servo connection. 5. Disconnect the shift lock actuator. 6. Inspect the circuits of all of the fed components looking for an obvious harness short and service it as necessary.

  • Jason Lepak
    Jason Lepak Oct 23, 2013

    While it is possible that there is a wiring short/open, it's more than likely going to be the switch. It is above the brake pedal arm and has wires coming from it. If you have another car available, you would be better off pulling the old one out and taking it to the parts store to match it up with whatever they have.



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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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It is not the multifunction switch. The power feed goes thru the brake switch before the multi function. You have no power the the brake switch because your shift interlock is not allowing you to shift it. I'll look up the wiring diagram and repost with a solution.

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