ENGINE STARTS I PUT MY FOOT ON THE BRAKE TO SHIFT TO REVERSE IT WILL NOT SHIFT. I NOTICE THE SMALL INDICATOR LIGHT BY THE SHIFTER (PICTURE OF A FOOT) IS LIT. USUALLY WHEN I PUT MY FOOT ON THE BRAKE PEDAL THE INDICATOR GO'S OUT AFTER A SHORT DELAY. THIS IS THE SECOND TIME IT HAS HAPPENED, THE 1ST TIME IT FIXED ITSELF. PLEASE HELP JOHN
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Re: IT WILL NOT SHIFT
Either the little wire(common) for the swithc has broken off or the switch itslef has broken. It is usually located on the brake pedal arm under the dash. Look at the foot pad of the pedal and follow it up. you should see a little switch with 1 or 2 wires on it. check those by gently tugging or wiggleing them. If they feel like they r connected and dont fall off so to speak the culprit is most likely the switch itself.
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just because you disconnected the shift cable from the trans doesnt mean the car is now out of gear. The interlock switch is located next to the shifter in the center console. Remove the bezel around the shifter and you should see a small tab that reads (shift interlock) pull it out of its holder and the shifter should once again move
If brake light switch (down near brake pedal arm) fails, then the car will not allow you to shift into gear. [ And you may not have break lights either (!) ] This switch serves as the safety interlock as well - to make sure your foot is on the brakes before it will allow you to shift out of P - Park, and in to D drive, or R reverse. It was also a "FORD RECALL" on my car, a long long time ago, to have that switch replaced - as it was failing early / a lot on many of these cars. BOTTOM LINE - you must get the switch replaced. HOWEVER - in the mean time, you can probably get the car into gear by doing something like this (from memory, hope I have it correct for you): with engine OFF / not running. 1. Turn ignition to second position - Click Click - the RUN position, but do not start the engine. 2. Put car in Neutral or N. (hold brake down so car won't move) 3. Now start engine. Now will allow you to shift from N into D - drive or R- reverse. [ that's just from memory, long time ago - but I think it will work something like that ].
You may not have brake lights working ... so best to fix ASAP.
Also, shifting like this is a pain in the ... so plan to drive very soon to mechanic / or FORD Dealership and fix ASAP. Tell them you KNOW it was a RECALL on this vehicle - so hopefully they should fix it for you for little or no cost. Hope this helps. cheers!
Put your foot on the brakes and have someone see if you have brake lights.This has a shift interlock that uses the brake lights to complete the circuit that unlocks the shifter from park. You can bypass this saftey feature by applying brake, engine off key off and moving shifter to neutral then starting the engine Dont forget to fix your brake lights !!
Hi, first check your brake lights. If they are not working, the likely problem is the brake light switch above the brake pedal. The shifter has a solenoid that locks the shifter until you put your foot on the brake. If the brake switch fails or the fuse burns out, the brake will not signal the shift solenoid to unlock the shifter. If the brake lights are working, the problem may be the shift solenoid itself. The solenoid is at the base of the shifter. Please let me know if you have questions, and thanks for using FixYa.
these have a safety system so the shifter won`t go into any gear unless the brake is pushed(indicating someone sitting in the drivers seat),if the brake lights aren`t working this indicates that the fuse that operates the shift lock solenoid and brake lights is not working and needs replacing.check the fuses and replace the fuse and things will probably return to normal.
1st, have someone step on brake pedal while you check to see if your brake lights are working, if yes proceed to step 2, if not check your brake light fuse(Left side of dash fuse#20- 10amp)IF fuse is good replace brake light switch on brake pedal. 2nd Step (brake lights ok) Turn key on engine off, press and release brake pedal several times slowly, listen for a click and and pulse on shifter handle. IF yes you have a shifter malfunction replace shifter assembly. IF no, inspect shift interlock solenoid and or relace solenoid and cable. You should see a small access cover about the size of a peanut around base faceplate of shifter assembly use small screwdriver and remove cover, use screw driver to press button underneath plate and release shifter into reverse and drive gears(this is manual overide) if you need to move vehicle in the meantime.
Try starting the car in neutral. Keep your foot on the brake and put on the emergency brake and try to start it in neutral instead of in park. The vehicle is equipped with a neutral safety switch which does not allow you to start the car in reverse or any of the drive gears. You can only start the car in park or neutral. You may have a problem with the shifter or the shifter cable. On some vehicles the shifter cable can be adjusted.
check your brake light if they are working, if they do not work then your brake light switch is bad.
if the brake light is working, the shift inter-lock solenoid may be bad.
there is a small slot next to the gear shifter, put a key in there and push down while you shift out of park.