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Column shifter would not shift. Brake lights aren't working due to blown fuse. When trying to replace the fuse the fuse gets real hot and melts.

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You have a dead short somewhere in your brake light wiring, if it's the actual wiring or a switch or what not shorting out I wouldn't be able to guess from here. It might be why you can't **** either since it can't tell your pushing the break pedal in to release the shifter.

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You have a short circuit in the brake light circuit or the shift interlock circuit.

Look under the dash at the switch on the brake pedal arm and see if it is burned looking or the wiring is frayed and shorting out.

For emergency, there is an over ride for the shift interlock so you can get car to a shop. Look up shift interlock in index of owner manual for over ride procedure.

I think you turn key to OFF position, step on brake, and pull shifter into neutral. Start car in Neutral, put in gear, drive away.

Remember, you have no bake lights.

Also, check brake light bulbs and sockets in tail lights. A bulb or socket could be shorted.

please rate, thanks

Posted on May 20, 2011

  • gerry bissi May 21, 2011

    you need to find the shorted wire. will the fuse blow if you leave the switch disconected? IF yes, it is not in the circuit from the switch back to the brake lights. report that test.

    Another thing you can do is subsititute a 12 volt bulb in place of the fuse. The bulb will stay lit, instead of having a blown fuse. When you take away the short circuit, the bulb will go out.

    Auto stores sell small test lights with probes that will fit in the fuse sockets.

    Try to check the wiring around the tail light bulbs and the high mount stop lamp.

  • gerry bissi May 21, 2011

    it's in the wiring to the brake ligths.



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