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1998 ford mustang will start but will not shift out of park.

Break lights are working and tried to engage switch on break pedal but this did not help.

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Probably the brake pedal switch (mounted on the brake pedal lever) starting to fail. it releases the shift lever and controls the brake lights coming on. you will need to replace this.

for now, turn the key in the ignition to the lock position (counter clockwise,) then to the off position (clock wise). In this position the brake shift interlock is disabled and you can move the shifter to neutral. these instructions are also in the owners manual in the driving section.

Posted on Nov 30, 2013

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SOURCE: 1991 Ford f150 will not shift out of park

my 95 f150 had the same problem and it ended up being one of the fuses in the fuse panel. take a test light to your fuses. the smalest thing can generate the biggest problem.

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SOURCE: 1995 ford mustang break lights do not work.

get a manuel from an auto parts store. in this manuel it will have etm(electrical troubleshooting manuel) it shows the brake lights and wires colors of wires. trace the wire color from the fuse using the diagram. purchase a test light from wal mart to see if your wire has power. if it does there may be a bad connection or component but hte etm shoud show you what components are on the circuit.any questions email me at jacobtaylor3@yahoo.com

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SOURCE: gear shift moves fine will not engage gear.

then the transmission has failed or has sticking engagement solenoid in trans pan, have the fluid and filter replaced and see if that corrects the problem

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SOURCE: automatic ford escort 1998 will not shift out of "park"

There is a switch between the brake and the transmission. I forget what its called but unless you have your brake pedal pressed your car will not shift out of park. If you do have your brake pedal pressed there may be something wrong with the sensor.

Posted on Jun 25, 2009

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SOURCE: 2004 mustang wont shift

Mine is doing the same thing. I have to turn the key 1/2 way on, put it in neutral and then start it. I have NO break lights. Turns out my break pedal switch, the wires were disconnected from that switch. It's a dealer item they said.. so i'm trying to research it right now. I'll letcha know if it works

Posted on Jun 29, 2009

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