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My 97 ford tbird is stuck in park and I can't get it in gear. Pressing brake, moving steering wheel,and messing with gear shift doesn't help. Will u please help me?

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Move key in with up/down pressure while inserting into the key way.

Use a spare / non-worn key

check alarm system?

Check the tail light while someone press on the brake.

Check all fuses.

check brake switch for bad contact

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