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Fuse number 32 keeps blowing , no brake lights and the gearshift wont come out of park

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Unplug the brake switch from the brake pedal arm and see if it still blows. If not, trace the circuit back to the brake lights.

Use emergency shift interlock release procedure in owner manual.

I think it is to turn key to OFF position, then shift car to neutral. Turn key to ON and starrt car. Shift into drive & go.

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When this happens, usually it is because of a failure in the gearshift selector switch solenoid.
The gearshift selector solenoid is the switch that unlock the lever from park position when driver turns on the ignition and release brake pedal.
When brake pedal is depressed with selector in park position, this energizes the solenoid, unlocking the shifter.
Teh solenoid is energised by same circuit connecting the brake lights.
When for some reason (a short for example) the brake light fuse that protects the circuit blows, this will result in a failure to energize the solenoid, and lever won't be released from park position.
You find the fuse in the fuse box, on Discovery this is fuse number 1. This is a 15 Amps blue fuse. Fuse is located in the fascia fuse panel.
In most cases you fix the problem by replacing the brake light fuse.

Another reason for a failure to energize the solenoid is a faulty brake light switch.
This means the solenoid itself is faulty and need to be replaced.

How to proceed:

Check brake lights. If brake lights are not working, check and replace fuse number one in the fuse box. This will solve the problem in most cases.

If fuse keeps blowing there must be a short in the brake lights wiring.
You will need to access the rear light access panels and unplug the wiring harnesses that connects to the tail light assemblies.
Replace the fuse and try again to start the car, with all tail lights harnesses disconnected. If it starts drive the vehicle to the nearest mechanic, the vehicle will not be safe without tail and brake lights.

When fuse is not blowing check the brake light switch. Remove the panel above the brake pedal. There you find several switches, the second from the bottom will be the brake light switch. Unplug the switch connector, put parking brake on, turn on ignition and short the two green wired pins.
You should hear a click, while shorting the contacts move the shifter out of park position

When brake light are working fine, and lever stays on park position, it is usually the solenoid or its connections that are faulty. Try connecting directly the solenoid to power. The solenoid is connected to red and black wires. Apply 12 Volts across the wires, following polarity. If this worked the solenoid will click, and you will be able to move the gear out of parkposition. When there is no click you need to replace the faulty solenoid that is located in the shifter assembly.

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Look at the top of your Brake pedal for a switch. It needs to send a signal for the brake lights and the release of the gearshift/starter solenoid lockout.

Drivers feet often move or break this switch and a good indication the problem is there is having no brake lights.

It is a bit odd that you can move the gearshift at all without the signal from the brake switch. The idea of having these extra parts is to prevent the van from starting without your foot on the brake or getting out of Park without your foot on the brake.

So you may have to fix more than just the brake switch. There may be a misalignment or broken part on the shifter lockout.

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CHECK BRAKE LIGHTS FUSE.IF FUSE OKAY.BRAKE LIGHT SWITCH IS BAD.VECHICLE NOT SHIFTING OUT OF PARK PROBLEM COULD BE BLOWED FUSE OR CLUTCH PEDAL SWITCH FOR MANUAL TRANSMISSION OR TRANSMISSION RANGE SENSOR FAULTY AND PROBLEM IN BRAKE LIGHT SWITCH IF FAULTY IT WILL KEEP THE BRAKE TRANSMISSION SHIFT INTERLOCK SOLENOID FROM WORKING KEEPING YOU FROM GETTING VECHICLE OUT OF PARK.IF BRAKE SWITCH IS GOOD.PROBLEM IN THE BRAKE TRANSMISSION SHIFT INTERLOCK SOLENOID.

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Look under the dash at the switch by your brake pedal. This switch must work for the gearshift to come out of Park. It is also the reason your brake lights do not work.

There is an electric lockout on the gearshift and the power comes from the brake light switch. This is how the van knows you have your foot on the brake.
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