Question about 1998 Ford Expedition

8 Answers

Can't get car out of park

I parked my car and never turned it off. I stepped out to the store while the car was running and I couldn't get the car out of park. I turned the car off and on, and I still can't get the car out of park.

Posted by on

  • 2 more comments 
  • timmis81 Jul 07, 2008

    I parked my car on level ground and I can't get the car out of park. I parked the car and stepped out while the car was running. Then when I came back in, I couldn't get the car out of park. I tried turning the car on and off and put the alarm on and off, and the car still wouldn't get out of park. I even tried rocking the car back and forth to make sure to loosen the trans. I'm pressing my brake peddle all the way down and pulling the lever back towards me and it still won't get out of park.

  • timmis81 Jul 07, 2008

    I tried wiggling the lever and it still won't get out of park.

  • timmis81 Jul 07, 2008

    I turned the car off and turned the key to not to start position but just under it and the lever still won't get out of park position.

  • timmis81 Jul 07, 2008

    My brake lights are working and I still can't get the car out of park position.

×

8 Answers

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Genius:

    An expert who has answered 1,000 questions.

  • Master
  • 2,035 Answers

This is the problem with car electrical switch is activated on your car parking mode and its stuck this:

  1. Parking Maneuvers/Gear Lever Transitions: Symptoms noted during a lower speed uncommanded shift to 4L event include:
    • Front end binding or hopping while turning
    • Bind feel in drivetrain when backing up and/or turning
    • Audible clunking or grinding noises, and/or
    • Amber low range light illuminated
    1. If the Generic Electronic Module (GEM) receives a false Mode Switch input during or shortly after the Digital Transmission Range Sensor (DTR) indicates a Neutral range pass-thru, an uncommanded shift is possible if remaining 4L pre-conditions are met. The pre-conditions besides transmission in Neutral range include: service brake depressed, and vehicle speed less than 5 km/h (3 mph). A false switch input may also set a P1812 or P1815 DTC in the GEM.
    2. Check mode switch circuits 682 (dark blue) for short to power and 780 (dark blue) for ground short, loose connections at inline connectors, and chafes.
    3. Monitor Mode Switch Parameter Identification Display (PID) 4WD_SW for false readings while slightly pushing in and wiggling the mode switch knob. Refer to Workshop Manual Section 308-07A for mode switch resistance tests for all switch positions.
    4. Replace Mode Switch if it fails testing or repair wiring on circuits 682 or 780 if fault indicated. If tests pass, inspect build date stamped on GEM and replace if GEM built prior to 9/98.
    5. Test drive vehicle for proper 4X4 operation in all modes. Include parking lot maneuvers and transmission gear range lever transitions while testing. Pull DTCs from GEM (even if there are no DTCs available). Clear any codes present and cycle ignition.
  2. Road Speed: Reported symptoms for a higher speed uncommanded shift to 4L event include:
    • Rapid deceleration
    • High engine revving possibly accompanied by a P1270 DTC in the PCM
    • Clunk/grind noise
    • Speedometer may spike higher than actual speed. After the initial event the vehicle may exhibit restricted vehicle top speed without 4X4 indicators illuminated but possible MIL (Malfunction Indicator Lamp) on.
    1. Monitor contact plate A,B,C,D PIDS. With Mode Switch in;
      • A4WD, plate PIDS should read "OCOO"
      • 4H PIDS should read "COOC"
      • 4L PIDS should read "COCO" (sequentially read starting with plate A then B, then C, finally D). If contact plate PIDS DO NOT correspond to the set 4WD position, check for continuity/shorts/moisture/corrosion in the vehicle side of the transfer case shift motor connector (toward the GEM). Visually inspect all terminals, pins, crimps, and connectors closely. Repair any wiring conditions in the contact plate circuits as necessary.
    2. Road test at speeds above 16 km/h (10 mph) with Mode Switch in both A4WD and 4H to see if the condition returns. Clear DTCs from GEM (even if no DTCs exist) and cycle ignition. Clear DTCs from PCM if a P1270 (engine RPM or vehicle speed limiter reached) code was initially present.
Good luck...................

Posted on Jul 07, 2008

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    Superstar:

    An expert that got 20 achievements.

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

  • Master
  • 6,487 Answers

If your having trouble moving the shifter out of park there is usually a SHIFT LOCK RELEASE right near the shifter. Usually you take the key you use to start the car and push it in the hole and pull the shifter down to "n" pull the key out start the car and then put it in any gear but park till you stop the car again. Hope that helps........

Posted on Jul 07, 2008

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Guru:

    An expert who has written 7 tips or uploaded 3 video tips

  • Master
  • 1,342 Answers
  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Brigadier General:

    An expert that has over 10,000 points.

  • Master
  • 6,966 Answers

Hi,

A possible cause for the transmission to be stuck in "Park" is a defective brake light switch. To my knowledge, the brakelight switch also triggers/controls the:
1. gearshift;
2. torque converter unlock mode;
3. cruise control unlock/cancel.

It is located and activated by the foot brake pedal (topend). In some instances, an additional indicator would be constantly blowing brake light fuse.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

Thank you for using FixYa.

Posted on Jul 07, 2008

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Vice President:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 100 times.

  • Master
  • 373 Answers

Hi. There, If you park your car and is running and you can get out uf park.
you have problem with the brake light switch or shift lock selenoid that goes on the steering column.

But you need to move now. make this step.
1==== Turn the car off. put the key in off position,
2==== move the key to accessory position.
3==== move the gear selector to neutro position,
4==== start the car in neutro, move the selector to drive or reverse.

REmenber if you got park again do the seem.

I hope this work for you ok.

Posted on Jul 07, 2008

  • 1 more comment 
  • Juan Guillen Jul 07, 2008

    HI, Remenber after you have the key complete off.

    Move just a click '' accessory position'' no lights in the cluster.

    Them move the selector to neutro,

    now start the car, them move de selector drive or reverse depend at you need.

  • Juan Guillen Jul 07, 2008

    OK. with the key in accsessory position,

    Pull the gear selector in front of and make a little force to move.

    But be patience, please check if the stop lights are on when you press the brake pedal.

  • Juan Guillen Jul 07, 2008

    H. On the fuse box inside of the car under the steering columm

    Check the condition of the Fuse # 6, 5 amp.

    If blow out replace with other one.

×

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Sergeant:

    An expert that has over 500 points.

    Champion:

    An expert who has answered 200 questions.

  • Expert
  • 417 Answers

Gear Stick Is Jammed Needs To Be Looked At By a Professional
or try jiggling it why starting up the car

Posted on Jul 07, 2008

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Vice President:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 100 times.

  • Master
  • 405 Answers

Was it parked on a steep hill? You can get what is known as "torque lock" when parking on hills without the e-brake.

Posted on Jul 07, 2008

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Novelist:

    An expert who has written 50 answers of more than 400 characters.

    Governor:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 20 times.

  • Expert
  • 126 Answers

Hi there i own a ford exp aswell 1997 i have a shop manual and there is a park interlock solonoid inside the steering colom. this is a safety feature that can be disabled by the dealer in these situations but in this case you would want to check the following fuses in witch i dont think will be the problem but check anyhow its easy drivers side left side of dash under dash look for fuse 13 its a 15amp fuse check it and then there is a fuse number 6 its a 5 amp its hot when ignition is in the run pos the number 13 fuse is suposed to be hot all the time . also there is a (bpp) break pedal position switch its also located on the left side under dash as well i would look at your break pedal as our friends say on earlier responses . look up near break pedal under dash way under and see if you see a bpp brake pedal position sensor it will probably be attached to brake light switch see it 12 volst goes in and 12 comes out when hitting the break pedal now remember there is wires from bpp and wires for brake lights use your volt meter to see but a good chance that switch is working break lights fine but doesnt seem to acuate solonoid in stering colom for shift lock try switch wire positins from shift lock to brake lights on the switch or replce fuses i mentioned earlier good luck and thanks for using fixya

Posted on Jul 07, 2008

1 Suggested Answer

michigan man
  • 3533 Answers

SOURCE: 2006 monte carlo stuck in park

sometimes if the steering wheel is locked it won't come out of park try applying on the brakes and at the same time move the wheel back and forth and if this does not work and you have tilt it may be a problem in the steering column

Posted on Jan 21, 2009

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

Why aren't parking lights working?


Park lamp fuse 20amp located in the under hood fuse box .DRL control module
Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) Control Module
Right of the steering column, behind the IP
Park, Sidemarker, Tail and License Lamps
Voltage is applied continuously to the PARK fuse to the headlamp and the instrument panel (IP) lamp dimmer switch through CKT 1340.
When the headlamp and the (IP) lamp dimmer switch is in the PARK or HEAD position, voltage is applied to CKT 9 thus activating the following lamps:
• The park lamps
• The side marker lamps
• The tail lamps
• The license lamps
The park/turn lamps are the only lamps that do not activate yet receive a current from CKT 9. The park/turn lamps do not activate because the voltage drop across the front side marker lamps is much higher than that across the turn lamp filaments Step
Action
Normal Result(s)
Abnormal Result(s)*

1
Turn the headlamp/instrument panel (IP) lamp dimmer switch to the PARK position.
The following lamps light:
• The license plate lamps
• The taillight lamps
• The front side marker lamps (Domestic)
• The front parking lamps (Domestic)
The headlamp position lamps (Export)
Refer to Park Lamps Inoperative
Park Lamps Inoperative
Step
Action
Value(s)
Yes
No

1
Inspect the PARK LP fuse.
Is the fuse open?
--
YES - Go to Step 2
NO - Go to Step 3

2
Repair a short to ground in CKT 1340.
Is the repair complete?
--
Go to Exterior Lights System Check
--

3
Turn the headlamp/instrument panel (IP) lamp dimmer switch to the PARK position.
Use a test light in order to backprobe the headlamp/IP lamp dimmer switch harness connector between terminal R and ground.
Did the test lamp light?
--
Go to Step 7
Go to Step 4

4
Use a test light in order to backprobe the headlamp/IP lamp dimmer switch harness connector between terminal O and ground.
Did the test lamp light?
--
Go to Step 5
Go to Step 6

5
Replace the headlamp/IP lamp dimmer switch. Refer to Headlamp Switch Replacement .
Is the repair complete?
--
Go to Exterior Lights System Check
--

6
Repair the following conditions in CKT 1340 between the PARK LP fuse and the headlamp and the IP lamp dimmer switch harness connector terminal O:
• A faulty connection
• An open circuit
Is the repair complete?
--
Go to Exterior Lights System Check
--

7
Repair the following conditions in CKT 9 between the headlamp and the IP lamp dimmer switch harness connector terminal R and S204:
• A faulty connection
• An open circuit
Is the repair complete?
--
Go to Exterior Lights System Check

Feb 18, 2016 | 1999 Pontiac Montana

1 Answer

Stuck in park will not shift


Automatic Transmission Shift Lock Control System
The automatic transmission shift lock control is a safety device that prevents an inadvertent shift out of PARK when the ignition is ON. The driver must press the brake pedal before moving the shift lever out of the PARK position. The system consists of the following components:
?€¢
The automatic transmission shift lock control solenoid.


?€¢
The automatic transmission shift lock control switch.


?€¢
The park/neutral position switch.

With the ignition in the ON position, battery positive voltage is supplied to the park/neutral position switch. When the transmission is in the PARK position the contacts in the park/neutral position switch are closed. This allows current to flow through the switch to the automatic transmission shift lock control switch. The circuit continues through the normally-closed switch to the automatic transmission shift lock control solenoid. The automatic transmission shift lock control solenoid is permanently grounded. This energizes the automatic transmission shift lock control solenoid, locking the shift linkage in the PARK position. When the driver presses the brake pedal the contacts in the automatic transmission shift lock control switch open, causing the automatic transmission shift lock control solenoid to release. This allows the shift lever to move from the PARK position.
Park Lock Solenoid
The park lock solenoid is a safety device that prevents an inadvertent shift out of PARK when the key is in the OFF position. The key must be in the RUN position to release the park lock solenoid. The system consists of the park lock solenoid. With the ignition in the ON position, voltage is supplied to the park lock solenoid. The park lock solenoid energizes through a permanent ground unlocking the shift lever. With the ignition in the OFF or ACCY position the park lock solenoid de-energizes and locks the shift lever in the park position.
Shift Lever Does Not Move with Brake Pedal Depressed
DEFINITION: Transmission shift lever will not move out of the PARK position with the ignition ON and the brake pedal pressed.

1

Did you perform the Symptoms - Automatic Transmission Shift Lock Control tests and all the necessary inspection?
Go to Step 2
Go to Symptoms - Automatic Transmission Shift Lock Control

2

  1. Turn ON the ignition, with the engine OFF.
  2. Press and hold the brake pedal.
  3. Attempt to move the shift lever out of the PARK position.
Does the shift lever move out of the PARK position?
Go to Testing for Intermittent Conditions and Poor Connections in Wiring Systems
NO Go to Step 3

3

  1. Turn OFF the ignition.
  2. Disconnect the automatic transmission shift lock control switch.
  3. Turn ON the ignition, with the engine OFF.
  4. Press and hold the brake pedal.
  5. Attempt to move the transmission shift lever out of the PARK position.
Does the transmission shift lever move out of the PARK position?
Go to Step 6
Go to Step 4

4

  1. Turn OFF the ignition.
  2. Disconnect the automatic transmission shift lock control solenoid.
  3. Turn ON the ignition, with the engine OFF
  4. Press and hold the brake pedal.
  5. Attempt to move the transmission shift lever out of the PARK position.
Does the transmission shift lever move out of the PARK position?
Go to Step 7
Go to Step 5
Inspect for poor connections at the harness connector of the automatic transmission shift lock control solenoid. Refer to Testing for Intermittent Conditions and Poor Connections and Connector Repairs in Wiring Systems.
Did you find and correct the condition?
Go to Step 10
Go to Step 9

6

Inspect for poor connections at the harness connector of the automatic transmission shift lock control switch. Refer to Testing for Intermittent Conditions and Poor Connections and Connector Repairs in Wiring Systems.
Did you find and correct the condition?
Go to Step 10
Go to Step 8

7

Repair the short to battery positive voltage in the A/T shift lock control solenoid supply voltage circuit. Refer to Circuit Testing and Wiring Repairs in Wiring Systems.
Did you complete the repair?
Go to Step 10
--

8

Replace the automatic transmission shift lock control switch. Refer to Stop Lamp Switch Replacement in Lighting Systems.
Did you complete the replacement?

Oct 13, 2015 | 2006 Hummer H2

1 Answer

The gear shifter on my 1998 Pontiac SE coupe will not unlock so I can take the car out of park


Do you have column or floor shifter ?
All automatic transaxle models use an electric park lock system. Within the housing assembly, a lock cylinder is connected to an actuator which rotates and engages on the electric park lock solenoid. When the floor-shift lever is not in the park position, the actuator disengages from the electric park lock solenoid slider. This allows the lock cylinder to move to the lock position. With the shift lever in PARK and the lock cylinder in LOCK, the actuator cam is positioned against the electric park lock solenoid slider. This prevents the shift lever from shifting out of the PARK position.
The column-shift automatic transaxle model uses a flexible cable actuator instead of an electric park lock system. One end of the cable is attached to the gate assembly. The other end of the cable is attached to the column mounted housing assembly. This system functions similarly to the floor-shift ignition lock system.
The manual transaxle model uses a push button lock cylinder. A clutch start switch is used. The clutch pedal must be pressed before the engine will crank. Refer to Park Lock System Check .
CAN you turn the key on ?
The gear selector does not shift out of PARK with the brake pedal depressed and the ignition switch in RUN.
Automatic Transmission Shift Lock Control Always On with Ignition in Run
Action
Value(s)
Yes
No

1

Was the BTSI System Check performed?
--
Go to Step 2
Go to Automatic Transmission Shift Lock Control System Check

2

Is this a column shift vehicle?
--
Go to Step 3 yes
Go to Step 4 no

3

  1. Move the gear selector to the PARK position.
  2. Disconnect the automatic transaxle control connector
  3. Turn the ignition switch to RUN.
  4. Connect the test lamp between terminal B and ground.
Does the test lamp light?
--
Go to Step 4
Go to Step 8

4

  1. Disconnect the brake switch connector C2.
  2. Move the ignition switch to RUN.
Can you shift the transaxle out of the PARK position?
--
Go to Step 5
Go to Step 8

5

Is the brake switch adjusted properly?
--
Go to Step 6
Go to Step 7

6

Replace the brake switch.
Is the repair complete?
--
System OK
--

7

Adjust the brake switch.
Is the repair complete?
--
System OK
--

8

  1. Disconnect the BTSI solenoid connector (column shift vehicles) or disconnect the automatic transaxle control connector (console shift vehicles).
  2. Move the ignition switch to RUN.
Can you shift the transaxle out of the PARK position?
--
Go to Step 9
Go to Step 10

9

Repair the short to power in CKT 1135.
Is the repair complete?
--
System OK
--

10

Test for sticking or binding in the shift linkage.
Does the shift linkage stick or bind?
--
Go to Step 11
Go to Step 12

11

Repair the shift linkage.
Is the repair complete?
--
System OK
--

12

Replace the BTSI solenoid (column shift vehicles) or replace the automatic transaxle control (console shift vehicles).
Is the repair complete?
--
System OK
Go to Step 1

May 18, 2015 | Pontiac Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

The truck wont start and i cant get it out of park


When you say "won't start", I'm guessing that it won't turn over either. Do you have lights, horn, radio, etc.? If so, try turning the ignition key to the "ON" (not "Start") position. Then step on the brake pedal, and hopefully ou will be able to shift it out of "Park". This is a safety feature that will not allow the vehicle to be shifted out of Park with the engine running (or the key in the On position). Say you have a child in the car, and you stop briefly at a convenience store to quickly pick up something, and ou leave the vehicle running. The shifter interlock would prevent the child from pulling on the shifter, taking it out of Park and going either forward or backward causing an accident. Anway, try the solution and see if it works.

Oct 03, 2013 | Chevrolet TrailBlazer Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

Shift lever stuck in park


The park is locked out with a pin that is pulled back by small electric solenoid plunger, the solenoid is powered when you step on the brake pedal, so it the brake lights are not working then the shifter will not release from park. The idea here is of course to have the brakes applied before the car is put in "Drive", it is called the Park lock safety feature by Ford. You should be able to override this by turning the ignition switch to just short of the on/run position (between off and run) while jiggling the shift lever.

Oct 07, 2011 | 1996 Ford Explorer

1 Answer

It is a 1999 4Runner and we are towing a small trailer for kayaks. Stopped at the store and couldn't get it out of "Park". Had to use the override button. Could it be a blown fuse?


This does happen from time to time if you park on hills, turn the steering wheel too far when you turn the key off. If it happens all the time, you have an actuator that is not releasing correctly or the switch that senses you are pressing the brake pedal (which prevents you from shifting).

Sep 18, 2011 | 1998 Toyota 4Runner

1 Answer

My 2006 charger is stuck in park in the driveway


Try rocking the car back and forth while trying to shift out of park.
Some cars need the brake pedal pressed to shift as well...

Had a caravan once and if it was placed in park and it rolled slightly, it would put pressure on the trans...locking it up to where I couldn't shift out of park.

Hope this helps...

Jul 30, 2011 | 2006 Dodge Charger

1 Answer

Having problems starting the car , you have to take the gear shifter down to first count the gears in order to get it in park,to start. when you put it in park from drive it shows it is in park. could...


a linkage adjustment couldn't hurt , thats the cheapest way to go, then if that doesn't work, have the safety switch checked, or just jumper across it,,

Jul 06, 2011 | 1996 Lincoln Town Car

2 Answers

Wipers wont go off


When you turn off the switch, there is a second switch in the wiper motor that continues to run the wipers until they are parked. If the window where that switch does not keep the wipers running is too narrow, the momentum of the motor turning will carry the wipers past the end of that window—they will continue until they are not-quite-parked. But not-quite-parked, in an absolute sense, is not parked at all, and that switch will reestablish contact, running the wipers to try to get them to the parked position.

Once there, the overrun happens again, and the cycle repeats.

Beyond that, if that switch gets stuck it will keep running the wipers, parked or not.

Sometimes the wiper motor can be easily accessed, opened up, and that switch can be serviced and properly adjusted. Sometimes the motor needs to be replaced.

Find the connector that runs the wipers, and disconnect it while the wipers are running. The blades will stop where they are.

intermittently, and briefly, reconnect the wipers trying to get them to move only 5 or 10 degrees at a time. This will avoid the motor get up a head of steam. If the wipers stop responding to this once they are parked, the window that the switch considers "parked" is too narrow. If they just keep responding to the application of power, even when they are really in the parked condition, then the switch has arced shut.

Jun 19, 2010 | 1995 BMW 5 Series

Not finding what you are looking for?
1998 Ford Expedition Logo

996 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Ford Experts

yadayada
yadayada

Level 3 Expert

61037 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

21949 Answers

Fordexpert

Level 3 Expert

5331 Answers

Are you a Ford Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...