Question about 2000 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
The car not coming out of PARK mode and there is no brake light.
This indicates problem with brake switch.
The problem is a brake switch that is connected to the brake pedal. You normally step on the brake to place the car in gear. If the switch goes out and you step on the brake the trans will not engage.And car will not come out of PARK mode.
The other possibility in some cases when car is parked at that time hand brake is not applied properly and car rolls a bit towards back side .And this lets the gear to get locked.So try this .Take help of some one and ask him to push the car a bit then check out.In some cases the gears gets unlocked if its the gear lock problem.
follow this as a parking routine: reverse or drive into parking spot, stop, with foot still on the brake pedal put car in park and engage hand brake fully so that car doesn't roll. Remove foot from brake pedal. This should stop that problem.
If that is not the problem then its brake light switch problem that has to be checked and replaced if faulty.
Also get the gear cable checked.If the cable is got faulty or cut in between then it will not let the transmission to go in gears.
If everything checks ot ok then the problem is in the shifter box.It has to be removed.
The center console has to be removed to get to the shifter box. Also you have to release the linkage under the car to get the shifter box out of the car. Then once the shifter box is out .Disassemble the shifter box. In the shifter box, There is a small plastic part ( I estimate about 10 cents in quantity) that is responsible for allowing the shifter to be taken out of park. It is activated by a solenoid that pushes the plastic part to allow the shifter to come out of park. Most of the parts in the box are metal. This particular part is plastic and very frail. Obviously a victim of very poor engineering. It is easy to see that this part will become stressed over time and fail. But the dealer will charge heavy dollars etc etc just to repair this problem. So get this shifter box checked and get this part replaced by local tech. But if the actual problem shows in the shifter box then you have go for this heavy dollar charges.
To see how the shifter box and broken plastic part looks. I will provide you the fig/picture/Check out.
Here's the pix of the shifter unit, and the piece that broke and cause the shifter to stuck.
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Posted on Jul 16, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
The brake switch is a pressure switch mounted on the brake pedal, master cyclinder output which on pressure will contact and switch the brake lights ON.
So if the brake switch is defective then it must be replaced, check for wiring leads, the ground connection of the brake light assembly.
Posted on Sep 30, 2011
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