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Won't shift out of park unless brake engaged first

1997 F150 Ford Truck -- Won't shift out of park unless brake is engaged first.

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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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I have a 2003 Ford Explorer and my truck won't shift into park I litterally have to hold the brake all the way down forit toshift


I think this is a safety feature built in to the car. I've had several cars that won't shift unless the brake is pressed.

Nov 08, 2012 | 2003 Ford Explorer

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My 1997 Ford F150 wont engage a gear, I had to replace the gear shift cable. Thats installed but know when you shift to revers, neutral or park the shifter just flops up and down with actually going into...


The starting problem is a direct result of the truck not being in the PARK position. There is a lock-out on the brake pedal lever under the dash that often gets hit by the drivers feet and knocked out of position or broken. It prevents the starter from engaging unless your foot is on the brake and the gearshift is in PARK.

The gearshift cable is suspect. If the old cable was snapped or some other defect was evident then putting on a new one should have been close to a full repair less adjustments. But the cable could have been the weak link and a frozen part on one end of the cable or the other caused the failure. Could be if the old cable was intact, the ends it attached to are spinning around and not moving the shafts or transmission valve bodies inside the transmission.

I do know that on later models like my 1999 F150, there were model changeovers and 2 types of transmissions and 4 exhaust systems depending on 2 or 4 wheel drive. Could be the new cable is different for your year model or were given wrong cable. Question is "Did you hold up new part to old and verify length?". Is 2 wheel drive cable different than 4 wheel drive cable?

This problem is hopefully seen by a transmission guy who can give a better answer than mine. I can also suggest a Websearch for installing this cable using your truck type and year could produce some videos on YouTube to help you. Hope this helps you.

Jan 12, 2018 | Ford F-150 Cars & Trucks

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My 2001 F150 won't shift into park.... It will shift into every other gear but park. Unless I go under the truck and manually turn the linkage back into park. Any ideas of what the problem may be?


Gday mate,geoff here, now on your shifter if column shift there is an adjustment where it goes down the box from the steering column under the hood and if stick shift should be just under the console, alternitiveley the rubber grommets on the linkage are worn and need replacement, some fuel hose will surfice here if the grommets are unavailable at the parts counter, hope this helped, geoff.

Feb 11, 2012 | Cars & Trucks

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Gear shift of f-150 is locked in park. The truck


Is the CHMSL ( Center High Mount Stop Lamp ) working ?
Is it a regular bulb, or did it get changed to a LED ?
If it is a functioning factory type bulb, the shift interlock solenoid is the cause.
Until you can fix the CHMSL or the shift interlock, you can turn the key to the run position ( do not start ), press and hold the brake pedal, shift into neutral, and then start the truck.
Your MY the shift interlock circuit and the brake lamp circuit are the same.
Usually the shift interlock stops working when the brake lamp fuse is blown, or if the bulbs are out ( truck does not see a load on the circuit ).
If LED tail lamps were installed without load resistors, the shift interlock circuit will not work ( looks like a burnt out brake lamp bulb )

Jan 11, 2010 | 1997 Ford F150 Regular Cab

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1997 ford truck cannot get it out of park. Replaced brake light switch assembly.


The shift interlock system prevents the shifting from PARK unless the brake pedal (2455) is depressed. The shift interlock system consists of a shift lock actuator (3Z719) mounted at the base of the steering column tube (3514). If the ignition switch (11572) is in the RUN position, the shift lock actuator is continually on unless the brake pedal is depressed. The shift lock actuator is the logical culprit. Check to see if it's getting voltage when the brake pedal is depressed. If yes: the unit is either faulty, weak or stuck. I can provide wire numbers and colors if necessary. I may need the engine size and Trans. code found on drivers door sticker. Good luck! Aoogha

Jan 08, 2010 | 1997 Ford F150 Regular Cab

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Shift gears are locked!!


if you mean it will not come out of park then see if your brakes light light up when you step on the pedal if not check the brake light switch under the dash on top of the brake pedal.

Mar 02, 2009 | 1997 Ford F150 Regular Cab

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No shift


Found loose conection on brake fuse-no lights no shift-recrimped and works fine now

Sep 07, 2008 | 1997 Ford F150 Regular Cab

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