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Brake lights won't work is the gear shifter turn the key on and it wouldn't go into gear that has something to do with the brake lights

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  • Jeff Armer Dec 22, 2016

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SOURCE: have no brake lights i put in new brake light switch and nothing

your brake lights also run through the turn signal switch, if the shifter was on the column and you pulled the steering wheel off

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SOURCE: ASL on cannot get into gear, and brake light are out

To get the car out of park you have to put the shifter right in between neutral and drive and as soon as the car starts put it in drive. Keep your foot on the brake obviously. You can go to Reversve once you get the car started and in DRive.

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SOURCE: My car's brake lights stay on all the time, and my

Before anything, pull upward on the brake pedal, towards yourself & the seat & see if the brake lights go out. If it does, the return spring is weak or broken.

Otherwise, the brake light should be fixed by replacing the Brake Light Switch which is mounted just in front of the upper portion of the brake pedal on a support brace. I suggest you test the terminals on it first using a 12V test light or meter, (12 Volts should only be in one side of the switch until you push the brake pedal ,then when the pedal is pushed, both terminals are hot with 12 Volts). you are describing a stuck switch.

IF you test it & find it to be bad, just go to the parts store, buy & take a look at the new switch & you more than likely will be able to put it in if you are mechanically inclined at all, just keep the mounting distance the same as far as the contact with the pedal so that the switch works after you press the switch, otherwise it is a quick fix at a service center.

The shifting is controlled by the Ignition switch and a locking cable as you are aware & it usually wouldn't do that if working properly. Ford has had a problem with the Ignition Switch system specifically on that Model, my son drove the 01 for 4 or more years & had to replace the Ign. switch at least 2 times
I would suspect that someone has disabled that part of the system, possibly due to this happening more than once & having to move the car each time. You can trace it & identify the problem only after checking both ends & the actuators through dissasembling the system. Good Luck

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Look for grounding problems at back lights.

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SOURCE: Brake lights won't come on

check for a bad brake light fuse! if not the fuse, the brake light switch operates brake lights and if bad you will not be able to shift it out of park, as well as the brake lights not coming on.! because you have to put foot on brake to do so. if bad switch, it wont let it out of park. it could be just out of adjustment also!! good-day !

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you have a short circuit in the brake light circuit or the shift interlock circuit.

Look under the dash at the switch on the brake pedal arm and see if it is burned looking or the wiring is frayed and shorting out.

For emergency, there is an over ride for the shift interlock so you can get car to a shop. Look up shift interlock in index of owner manual for over ride procedure.

I think you turn key to OFF position, step on brake, and pull shifter into neutral. Start car in Neutral, put in gear, drive away.

Remember, you have no bake lights.

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My car starts and all but i can't get in to come out of park, what do you think is the problem

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Check you owners manual for instructions on relesing the interlock manually so you can drive the car. It is usually a small slot or pin hole next to the shifter that you can insert a small pin or something and press down to release the shifter. I wouldn't recommend driving the car if the brake lights are not working.

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Sounds like the park/brake shift interlock switch is bad.


"An actuator solenoid and module assembly, located on the lower portion of the steering column, locks the shifter in Park whenever it receives a signal that the ignition switch is in the ON position. When the module receives a signal from the Brake On-Off (BOO) switch that indicates the brake pedal is depressed, it unlocks the shifter so that it can be shifted out of Park."

It says the most common failures in the system are the fuse and the BOO switch, and if they are fine, special tools are needed to diagnose.

To disable the system: Apply the parking brake, turn the ignition key to LOCK, then remove the key. Insert the key and turn it to OFF. Press the brake pedal. Shift to neutral, start the vehicle and select the desired gear.

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