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Ford explorer car starts but i cant shift out of park My explorer will start up but will not move out of park into any other gear. Dont know what to do plaese help me.

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    will not shift out of park, brake lights not working



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T's called the shift interlock feature. It's triggered by the brake switch so make sure the brake lights are coming on when this happens.
If the brake lights are working, then you'll have to get to the
solenoid in the console. Disassemble as much as you have to to access
the solenoid near the shifting mechanism. Us a 12v testlight to test
for power arriving at the solenoid when the brake is applied. If
power is arriving and the solenoid is not triggering, the solenoid is

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its a safety feature in case your on a hill & for children if left in the car / wagon 4x4 it wont roll away on you

very smart really .

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