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2003 mercury mountaineer wont shift out of park

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There is suppose to be a lockout on the gearshift. You always need to hit the brake pedal while moving the gearshift from P to D.
If this is a 4 wheel drive unit, make sure you are not in 4 low. You want to be in 2 wheel or plain 4wheel high.

Posted on Jul 25, 2009

  • thegraham5 Feb 15, 2011

    I ahd this happen once. the brake light actuator went bad and would not allow me to shift out of park. check and see if you have brake lights when the pedal is depressed. if not it is the brake light actuator (not sure of exact terminology) if that doesn't help there is a small flap underneath the column, slide it open and insert a small straight edge scre driver and you will be able to release the shifter.

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SOURCE: My 2003 Mercury Mountaineer Gear Shift is stuck.

See if u have brake lights. This is what energizes the shifter solenoid. There are 2 fuses u can check both are in the under dash fuse panel. Fuse 23 (15amp) and fuse 26 (7.5amp).
To get it out of park turn igntion switch on stopping just short of engerizing the electronics then u should be able to get it out of park and into neutral.

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SOURCE: My 2003 Mercury Mountaineer Gear Shift is stuck.

THERE IS A SENSOR ON THE BRAKE PEDAL THAT RELEASES THE THE SHIFTER.THERE A 3 COMPONENTS INVOLVED.U CAN PUT IT IN NEUTRAL BEFORE U START THE CAR.THEN WIL SHIFT.

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