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Unable to engage my car into drive. 99vw beetle, brake light stays on (safety feature) Car runs great when in drive, just cant get it to shift into gear..........brake pedal light stays on as if I do not have my foot on the brake.

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    Does it engage? Speedo move? How about reverse?

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Replace the brake light switch above the brake pedal

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What would prevent a 2005 jeep liberty from shifting out of park


this is a feature, on A/T cars. for vast years, !!!
my jeep is M/T and has no such thing, but A/T has this.
This feature, prevents starting in GEAR.
called park lock out, so the Audi lady can't drive over her kids, ( really sad huh?)

Called BTSI: by jeep.
this feature does, not stop starts/crankikng. unless, the shifter is not placed
in park or neutral. (this feature blocks cranking in any gear)

so i must guess, its in park, engine is running, right?
and your foot, is on the brake, and the brake lights do glow behind car, if not the park lock will stay locked.

if you need a schematic, i can send it.
some cars there is a park lock out bypass so you can drive
with no brake lights. (LOL)

the BTSI bypass is missing this feature, in 2006, unlike older cars.
a federal mandate that bypass removal.

check the brake light fuses first of brake lights are dead.
the post back for schematic.
the FSM covers how to fix this on all cars made, (usa car, and forum)
The OEM "factory service manual" buy one and end guessing.
or login to alldata.com


http://www.scantool.net/software/alldata-diy-1-month-subscription.html

so does the starter work or not in park or neutral.
this i can not guess from your post. at all.

no starts
no cranks
fails to stay running, engine.
what?
if the key will not crank the engine in park , then try cranking
in Neutral,(this trick uses fresh PRNDL contacts)
if the engine will not crank use jumper cable ump starts from a running donor car, (read paper sheet in cable box, it tells how )

if the car now cranks and starts jumped,that means the battery
was (is) discharged, that can be caused by phantom drains.
all tests are easy, and all take only a 10$ walfart DMM meter.
to find true cause , ask.

try posting what step fails in the operator guide , how to start your engine.
shift to park.
foot on brake,
turn key to crank, does this fail?

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Cant get out of park


This car has what we call a Park lock, the park lock is released by a solenoid that receives power from the brake light circuit, this is so you don't shift the transmission into drive without you foot on the brake pedal (federal mandated safety feature). So the 1st thing you must check is that the brake lights work, if not that is the problem.

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Car will start but the gear shift contoller will not move out of park. it almost will move to reverse but will not stay there and the car will roll back. what could the problem be.


step on the brake when you start it ,if you have no brake lights you need to replace your brake switch ,its a built in safety feature preventing you from getting rearended for no lights thats why you cant move the lever from park

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What does it mean when my dashboard


Could mean fluid needed or brakes need replacing,or there is air in the brake system,and cold need master cylinder os calipers,anything realy

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Cannot get the car in gear


There is a switch that is moved by brake pedal to shift tranny. This is the neutral/safety switch. If it is bad, car won't shift or start.

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Won't shift out of park unless brake engaged first


This is a common safety feature on most newer vehicles(90 and above). There are some older Toyota cars you can hear the safety lock click at the shifter when you press the brake.

Its there for obvious reasons, but the best is so that a child cannot put a a parked vehicle in gear by accident...and weve all seen people leave the car running before..and leave a kid in there.

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Hi the RED BRAKE LIGHT is also for low brake fluid
check the brake fluid level in most cases if the brake fluid is low you need the brakes replaced

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u will need to check and make sure the brake lights work, the shifter is tied to the brake light switch, if the brake lights don't work or the brake pedal is not pushed a gear shifter lock out is engaged, this is a Federally mandated safety feature.

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most likely due to a stripped out torque converter or a broken pump shaft. trans. has to come out to repair either or. you should make sure the fluid is full first. with the car running and warm, check fluid- if it seems over full, the pump shaft is broken, if it's just full- probably the torque conv., if its low add trans. fluid (mercon 5) 1 qt. at a time until in crosshatched area on the dipstick. hope this helps and good luck

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Can't get my 2000 ford taurus out of park


The gear selector is locked until the system detects the brake pedal is being pressed, the brake circuit then sends a signal to the shifter release solenoid to pull a pin back and let you shift out of park, this is a safety feature required by federal law, U need to have someone see if the brake lights go on when you press the pedal, if they don't check the switch at the top of the brake pedal, if the brake lights work then the little solenoid is defective.

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