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It's a automatic trans column type. Can't get it out of park with even stepping the foot brake

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Its maybe your brake pedal position relay. Do yo hear a clicking noise when try to push shifter button in? If you do then relay is working. My explorer had the same or similar problem. The problem resided in the shifter assembly. Ford made a cheap shifter. There is a small metal pin that has worked its way out of its tapered slot. What you need to do is take shifter cover off and you can actually see a little metal pin about 2 inches long. If you push back on the pin it will seat itself. However over a week or so it will work its way out again. Take the pin out and put jb weld on the pin thats towards the inside. That will permantly fix te problem unless you want to buy a new shifter. Good luck. This is a real easy fix. Just frustrating to get to the pin.

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Make sure theres nothing preventing the pedal
from depressing fully

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Automatic Transmission Shift Lock Control Always On with Ignition in Run
Action
Value(s)
Yes
No

1

Was the BTSI System Check performed?
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Go to Step 2
Go to Automatic Transmission Shift Lock Control System Check

2

Is this a column shift vehicle?
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Go to Step 3 yes
Go to Step 4 no

3

  1. Move the gear selector to the PARK position.
  2. Disconnect the automatic transaxle control connector
  3. Turn the ignition switch to RUN.
  4. Connect the test lamp between terminal B and ground.
Does the test lamp light?
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Go to Step 4
Go to Step 8

4

  1. Disconnect the brake switch connector C2.
  2. Move the ignition switch to RUN.
Can you shift the transaxle out of the PARK position?
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Go to Step 5
Go to Step 8

5

Is the brake switch adjusted properly?
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Go to Step 6
Go to Step 7

6

Replace the brake switch.
Is the repair complete?
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System OK
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7

Adjust the brake switch.
Is the repair complete?
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System OK
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8

  1. Disconnect the BTSI solenoid connector (column shift vehicles) or disconnect the automatic transaxle control connector (console shift vehicles).
  2. Move the ignition switch to RUN.
Can you shift the transaxle out of the PARK position?
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Go to Step 9
Go to Step 10

9

Repair the short to power in CKT 1135.
Is the repair complete?
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System OK
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10

Test for sticking or binding in the shift linkage.
Does the shift linkage stick or bind?
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Go to Step 11
Go to Step 12

11

Repair the shift linkage.
Is the repair complete?
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System OK
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12

Replace the BTSI solenoid (column shift vehicles) or replace the automatic transaxle control (console shift vehicles).
Is the repair complete?
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System OK
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