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Have a 1998 ford windstar. it will start and the steering wheel turns. but it will not come out of park. seems like it is jammed. E brake is not engaged. push on brake peddle as required while taking out of park and put into reverse and still nothing happens. its stuck.. one person said it could be saftey nuetral switch some one else said it could be linkage, please help.

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You need to look down on the brake pedal at the brake switch and see if the wires are broken witch is very common if not the switch probably needs to be replaced.

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It is not the neutral safety switch, it only prevents the car from starting in gear. It is the solenoid on the shifter itself, you have two switches, one is the key lock itself, the key has to be on, and the other is the brake pedal , as you know, has to be engaged. The brake pedal switch is a little box like thing on the pedal or hitting the pedal, it also has the brake light switch there too, so, if you don't know which it is, disconnect one and see if the brake lights work, you will know which it is, If you can get the wires off the shift lock, put them together, you have to find out which way the switch works, it either breaks the circuit or closes it, but it needs to klik the solenoid in order to pull out of park. you can also take the cover off the shifter, easier on the floor, and remove the solenoid itself. It should be OK till you can get the switch fixed or whatever. It is usually the brake switch, the key switch is rare. Hope this helps.

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