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2003 Aviator: Button on the gear shift lever will

2003 Aviator: Button on the gear shift lever will not ingage with the foot brake pressed, is this a switch problem at the brake pedal or in the shift lever itself , is there a selenoid or switch in the shifter lever that might cause this to keep it from ingaging and can it be fixed with out changing the whole shifter assemble.

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Yes, there is a switch on the brake pedal that could have been knocked loose or broken. There is a solenoid lock on the shifter lever in the transmission console. Here is a big post on it from a paid advice sight.

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Sounds like you may have air trapped in the system.Try this trick.Remove the bleeder screw from the slave cylinder.Place your finger over the hole to act as a one way valve, allowing air and fluid to escape but not allowing air to get sucked back in.Then have someone stroke the pedal slowly making full strokes, keep an eye onn the resevoir so that it does not get low and fill the system with more air.If there is room turn a bottle of brake fluid upsidedown in the resevoir to keep it from running dry.After you have run a bottle of fluid through it replace the bleeder and pump and bleed the old fashioned way a few times.If there is air it should be gone.If clutch will still not disengage the something is wrong with clutch plate and or pressure plate.Good luck!

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