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My 1995 Caprice Classic won't shift from park once it's started. The only way to get it to shift from park is to turn the key to the first ignition position (lights not on) and to shift to neutral and then start it. Then it can be shifted into reverse or drive but if you shift into park you have to turn the car off and start over again. Any ideas?
The most common causes are the brake switch or the shift lock solenoid.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Won't shift out of park
check to make sure you have brake lights when trying to shift if not check the brake lamp switch if it is ok you might need a shift interlock solenoid
Posted on Nov 22, 2008
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Aug 19, 2012 | 1995 Ford Mustang
Do the brake light work? No brake lights and it won't shift out of park. Check your fuses and check for loose wires. Check your brake light switch. If that has failed, you won't be able to get out of park. The other one if the shift lock solenoid which is in the shifter assembly. The brake shift interlock switch prevents the car being shifted from park unless the brake pedal is depressed. Try to apply power/ground to the proper wires & see if it will activate.. If it does, then the problem is between the brake light switch & that solenoid. Could be the wires or the switch.Make sure the shifter cable is still held down in place at the shifter assembly & under the hood. It is the interlock switch that you hear/feel clicking.It is for the prior generation but may still apply.
Good Luck and hopefully you soon will be on the road again...;-)
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