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Re: Gear not shifting out from P + brake lights are not...
The brake light switch to me is your problem the shifter interlock solenoid is not releasing because there is no brake signal from your switch, and obviously no signal no brake lights ether, I recommend you replace it, it is very simple to replace simply twist in place, it is located close to the pivot mechanism at the brake pedal, be careful there are two switches down there one of them is for cruise control if you have it (used to send a cancel signal when pedal is pressed) you want the one with more than two wires to it. good luck and I hope I was of help. study the switch a bit before removing connector and switch so you get familiar with it.
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Check to see if brake lights are working when you step on pedal...if not you may have a bad brake lamp switch on the pedal shaft.if the shifter interlock doesn't see power out of the switch it won't allow you to shift out of park. It's a safety system to prevent anyone from shifting into gear when they might be pressing gas pedal. If you're stuck, sometimes you can turn key on to just before dash lights come on, put vehicle in neutral and start and shift, but be careful because you may not have brake lights and could cause an accident or possibly get pulled over.
have friend bump car just a little to move it apply break put on parking break start vehicle press brake take out of gear let off emergency brake you park on hill so this is called shift lock always use the emergency parking break when on hill so you dont get shift lock
Did you reinstall the gear shift knob? Without the knob attached you should still be able to push down on shifter button with your foot on the brake to shift.
If you cannot push in button, listen carefully for a click (underneath the gear shift) when you put your foot on the brake. If you do not hear a click, your shift solenoid could be bad or your brake solenoid could be bad (which supplies power to your shift solenoid). Your brake solenoid will also control your brake lights so simply put your foot on the brake and have someone see if they light up. If they do light up your brake solenoid is good and you'll have to troubleshoot your shift solenoid.
CHECK MAKE SURE BATTERY FULLY CHARGED IT HAS TO BE 12.5 VOLTS BEFORE THE BRAKE TRANSMISSION SHIFT INTERLOCK SOLENOID WORKS.IF BATTERY POWER GOOD CHECK BRAKE LIGHTS TO SEE IF BRAKE LIGHTS SWITCH IS WORKING.IF NO CHECK FUSE.IF FUSE GOOD BRAKE LIGHT SWITCH IS FAULTY. IT CONTROL THE BRAKE TRANSMISSION SHIFT SOLENOID ALSO THE NEUTRAL SAFETY SWITCH.IF FUSE AND BRAKE LIGHT SWITCH IS GOOD.YOUR PROBLEM COULD BE A FAULTY NEUTRAL SAFETY SWITCH OR BRAKE TRANSMISSION SHIFT SOLENOID FAULTY.
The term "shift lock" is the system that is in place to prevent the vehicle from being shifted out of Park into Reverse or Drive WITHOUT having the driver's foot firmly on the brake pedal. The brake light switch on the brake pedal closes a circuit that energizes a solenoid under the shifter. When the brake is applied, and the solenoid is energized, the shift lever is no longer "locked", and can be moved to the desired position.
The idea here stems from a phenonomon several years ago that dealt with the issue of "Sudden Intended Acceleration". What was happening here was, for some unknown reason, engines started developing high RPMS for no reason, and several accisents were reported due to this issue. The vehicle would accelerate "unintendedly", when putting into drive or reverse, and could hit something.