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When i start my 97 crown vick ford the brake don't unlock my shifter what is wrong

Shifter lock in park

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Check your brake light fuses

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How do you unlock a gear shifter stuck in park on a 2008 crown Vic

Check the wires going to the brake light switch they brake often and check the switch. Step on the brakes first and make sure you have lights if not proceed to switch and wires at brake pedal

Apr 28, 2015 | 2008 Ford Crown Victoria

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Got into my 97 crown vick today crank it up depress break as always went to shift to reverse and it was locked into park try to no avail do you have any ideas whats wrong

Confirm that there is no debris hung up in any of the linkage (any where). If the ignition key locks the tranny shifter, then this can be your focus -- something has come apart at the key barrel (inside column. (if not) Then check the linkage that the brake disengages to allow the tranny linkage to be moved. (if not that) Check the tranny linkage to ensure all pcs are still in place and have clips in place.

Apr 10, 2015 | 1997 Ford Crown Victoria

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Jason, I have a 97 Chevrolet Blazer (S-10), and it want shift from park(thumb button will not press in)

Don't know who Jason is, but the problem may be the brake switch or the solenoid in the console that locks the shifter in park.
You can check the brake switch with a meter, or disconnect the solenoid from the shifter until you can get it repaired.

Sep 29, 2012 | Cars & Trucks

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I have a 99 ford crown vic and she will shift when the car is off but not while running

If you mean you can not move the shifter out of park with the key on, the problem may be the brake switch or the solenoid that locks the shifter in park.

Sep 20, 2012 | Ford Crown Victoria Cars & Trucks

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I can't get my 97 crown victoria out of park

The brake switch sends power to a solenoid which unlocks the shifter.
Could be a fuse, a faulty brake switch, or the solenoid.
You may be able to shift out of park if you unlock the column but don't turn the key to on.

Aug 09, 2012 | Ford Cars & Trucks

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2003 crown victoria won't come out of park

Had a similar problem. Solved it two ways first place key in the 3 position move gear to N then start and it will shift easily. Second solution check brake light fuse, it is probably blown replace it and gears will shift OK.

Jul 01, 2012 | 2003 Ford Crown Victoria

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Cannot move the shift lever from the PARK position


Your shift-lock actuator works off of your brake lamp circuits. Check your brake lamps. If your brake lamps are not working, then there is a very good chance that fixing your brake lamps will fix your shifter.

To work around this so you can move the vehicle, turn the key just far enough to unlock the steering wheel, but not far enough to make all the dash lights come on. You should then be able to shift the transmission to NEUTRAL and start the engine. Everything will work ok with your shifter until you put it back in PARK.

Dec 29, 2011 | 1997 Ford Crown Victoria

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2000 gmc jimmy will not shift out of park

if you start the truck in neutrul it should shift your problem sounds like a brake switch well its on the brake padle assm. this switch unlocks the shifter when you apply the brake so you can shift into gear it a saftey thing. some times if yours is a concule shifter this switch is located below the concule on the shifter assm. (sometimes )

Nov 10, 2009 | 2008 Ford Crown Victoria

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2000 Ford Explorer gear shift is locked

I have seen this happen so don't be mad if I am wrong someone buys a car then can't get it to go in gear. You have to apply the brake before you try to move the shifter then it will move if you try the shifter first it will lock and even the brake will not let it loose until you push it back up and start over and apply brake first

Jan 02, 2009 | 1993 Ford Crown Victoria

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