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2003 Ford Explorer will not move out of park - 2003 Ford Explorer

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Check that the brake lights come on when you press the brake pedal. I had your problem and it turned out to be water in the brake light micro switch above the brake pedal. If it doesn't work, or if there is no current to the brake light circuit, then the computer doesn't get the signal to say it's OK to release the gear shift to drive. More dangerously, it doesn't get the braking signal to cancel the cruise - thinks it needs to shift down when it feels more resistance!

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Your vehicle has a safety that wont allow it to nmove from park without the brake pedal being pressed. thats a good place to start

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