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I just installed a brake light switch on a 2000 taurus and it still doesn't work and it will not come out of park when I push the brake. I have 12 volt to switch.

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It goes though a iterlock system that ties the brakelight switch to the shifter and to the key switch the is a little motar like thing on the shifter u need to make sure it is working .hope this helps

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