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GEAR LOCK CAN'T PULL GEAR OUT OF PARK WITHOUT USING THE KEYHOLE UNDER STEERING WHEEL AND SOMETIMES I DON'T HAVE BRAKE LIGHTS

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    I had both probs occur and learned they were not related. The Park interlock solenoid weakened to point where most of the time the pin did not retract. (The pin is what you retract manually when you press something in the keyhole under the steering column.) It is very expensive to replace. So I removed the bottom cover of steering column, pulled the pin out, wrapped it with solder wire to keep it retracted, and everything is fine. OK my car now shifts out of Park when not running but don't tell anybody. The intermittent brake lights is caused by the cheesy plastic brake light switch under the dash. Dealer wanted $250 to replace it. AutoZone sells a very robust steel Ford replacement switch for $16.00 and it took me half hour to install it (note I do not have adjustable pedals.)

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You have a problem in the shift interlock circuit.Check your fuses under the dash. If the fuse is open you have a short. Since the brake lights are not working properly, you need to get it fixed right away or take it into a Ford dealer or a garage with an ASE certified master technician that understands the circuit. Good
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