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Brake lights work, but 2001 Ford ranger will not come out of Park.

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The shift actuator releases the shifter lock when the brakes are applied, if the actuator is faulty it will not release the shifter. You can test the actuator using a test light to make sure that it's getting a 12V input when the brakes are applied, if so then look to see if the actuator is moving. If you have a 12V input but no movement then you can remove the actuator and us a volt ohm meter to test the Actuator or a 12V battery. This can also be removed but i do not suggest this! It is a great safety feature.

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