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Car blows fuse when started in park. The fuse

Car blows fuse when started in park. The fuse operates the brake lights and running lights. Also the dash lights do not work. All of this started today. The car will start in neutral using the override switch

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  • phil_wynne Sep 30, 2009

    The car is drivable but as soon as you touch the brake pedal the fuse blows so no brake lights while driving

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Fuse for brake lights keeps blowing out, shifter won't go into gear


Your vehicle has a safety system that won't let you take it out of park unless you have the brake pedal pressed ! Your brake switch could be shorted inside causing fuse to blow !
Shift Interlock System A brake/shifter interlock mechanism prevents shifting the transmission out of the PARK position unless the brake pedal (2455) is applied. The system consists of the following components:
  • an actuator activated by the key interlock assembly and brake pedal pressed input.
  • necessary wiring.
The system operates as follows:
  • The actuator is energized when the ignition switch is turned to RUN, locking the transmission range selector lever in the PARK position. When the brake pedal is applied and the stoplight switch (13480) is activated, the shift lock actuator is deactivated.
  • The transmission range selector lever can be moved out of the PARK position.
The ignition/shifter interlock cable (3F719) locks the transmission range selector lever in the PARK position when the ignition switch is in the LOCK position. It also requires the selector lever to be in the PARK position to turn the ignition switch to the LOCK position.

Sep 02, 2015 | 1998 Lincoln Mark VIII

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Automatic trasmission lever is stuck in park position


When this happens, usually it is because of a failure in the gearshift selector switch solenoid.
The gearshift selector solenoid is the switch that unlock the lever from park position when driver turns on the ignition and release brake pedal.
When brake pedal is depressed with selector in park position, this energizes the solenoid, unlocking the shifter.
Teh solenoid is energised by same circuit connecting the brake lights.
When for some reason (a short for example) the brake light fuse that protects the circuit blows, this will result in a failure to energize the solenoid, and lever won't be released from park position.
You find the fuse in the fuse box, on Discovery this is fuse number 1. This is a 15 Amps blue fuse. Fuse is located in the fascia fuse panel.
In most cases you fix the problem by replacing the brake light fuse.

Another reason for a failure to energize the solenoid is a faulty brake light switch.
This means the solenoid itself is faulty and need to be replaced.

How to proceed:

Check brake lights. If brake lights are not working, check and replace fuse number one in the fuse box. This will solve the problem in most cases.

If fuse keeps blowing there must be a short in the brake lights wiring.
You will need to access the rear light access panels and unplug the wiring harnesses that connects to the tail light assemblies.
Replace the fuse and try again to start the car, with all tail lights harnesses disconnected. If it starts drive the vehicle to the nearest mechanic, the vehicle will not be safe without tail and brake lights.

When fuse is not blowing check the brake light switch. Remove the panel above the brake pedal. There you find several switches, the second from the bottom will be the brake light switch. Unplug the switch connector, put parking brake on, turn on ignition and short the two green wired pins.
You should hear a click, while shorting the contacts move the shifter out of park position

When brake light are working fine, and lever stays on park position, it is usually the solenoid or its connections that are faulty. Try connecting directly the solenoid to power. The solenoid is connected to red and black wires. Apply 12 Volts across the wires, following polarity. If this worked the solenoid will click, and you will be able to move the gear out of parkposition. When there is no click you need to replace the faulty solenoid that is located in the shifter assembly.

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How do I reset transmission sensor to get in out of park?


all usa cars starting in 1989 have the park lock out feature
all cars this uses the brake lights,
you never said which of 40 lights on car dont work, so brakes.
most but no all cars, with this BS, has park lockout bypass lever.
useally hidden.
in cars its stated in the operators guide. in the glove box, under how to shift car.

  1. so 2 solutions, fix brake lights
  2. or use the by pass
this is all covered in the factory service manual and on line same.
alldata.com
read BTSI here
transmission case2 here (real FSM covers it all)
http://www.jeep4x4center.com/knowledge-base/index.htm?utm_source=cj#service

there are 2 locks one with the Key lock.
and one is brake lock out.
if you drop the cable lock and its still locked, then its the brake side failing. (or the converse)
one way prevents a 2year old kid from moving car, running.
other from same , keys not in car parked.
i once saw a kid do that, and put a new truck and boat , all underwater
i saved the kid. others on my tail, same.
I dont have a operators guide, you should get it and read
it , an avoid, getting stranded.
I have the manual trans car, and have a clutch switch bypass plug
in my glove box. just for when it fails, deep in the woods.
in your case learn how to move car, no matter what. and
how to bypass these parts below, its not hard. at all.




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2002 dodge ram 1500 brake and parking lots went out


Both. If the running lights ( marker, tail, clearence, or parking) and brake lights are out since the rain, a tail light assembly is broken and filling with water enough to create a short to ground. If there's no broken lens, whitch normally only blows the bulb. Then, the problem lyes in the trailer light harness. the brown wire (tail) & green wire (left turn/brake or yellow wire (right turn/brake) must be bare exsposed that shorts to ground when wet. all the trailer wires could be smashed together damaged the plastic coating on them. no problem till water shorts to ground. The white wire is the ground wire make its not able to touch the other 3 wires or bare & wet. Tape wires seperate then replace tail/mkr fuse and brake fuse. That should do it.

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