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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
your brake lights also run through the turn signal switch, if the shifter was on the column and you pulled the steering wheel off
Posted on Jun 14, 2009
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.
Posted on Jul 20, 2009
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
Posted on Feb 02, 2010
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 !
Posted on Aug 28, 2011
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