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The shift interlock solenoid is a safety mechanism that keeps the driver from shifting out of park when the brake pedal is not pressed down. In addition to the brake pedal being pressed down, the ignition must be in the on position. The shift interlock solenoid is on all modern vehicles, and works in conjunction with the brake light switch and neutral safety switch. Over time, the solenoid is subject to damage because of wear and tear. If you suspect the shift interlock solenoid is failing, watch for the following symptom:

Vehicle will not shift out of park

If the shift interlock solenoid has gone bad, the vehicle will not shift out of park, even with your foot on the brake pedal. This is a big problem because you will not be able to drive your vehicle anywhere. If this occurs, most vehicles have a shifter release. If the shifter release button is depressed and the shifter is able to be moved, the shifter interlock solenoid is most likely the cause. If this happens, contact a professional mechanic to have your shift interlock solenoid replaced.

Battery is dead

If your vehicle is not shifting out of park, another reason it may not be working is the battery is dead. This is a simple thing you can check before you call the mechanics. If your vehicle will not start at all, no lights come on, and none of the electrical parts in your vehicle are working, chances are it's a dead battery problem and not the shift interlock solenoid. This is important to note because it can save you a lot of time and hassle. All you have to do is jump your battery, which a mechanic can help you with. If the vehicle does not shift from park to drive after the battery has been jumped, then it is time to look at the shift interlock solenoid.
The shift interlock solenoid is an important safety feature on your vehicle. It keeps you from shifting out of park unless the vehicle is in the on position and the brake pedal is depressed. If the vehicle will not shift out of park, chances are the shift interlock solenoid has gone bad. YourMechanic makes getting repairs to your shift interlock solenoid easy by coming to your home or office to diagnose or fix issues. You can book a service online 24/7. YourMechanic's qualified technicians are also available for any questions that may arise.

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Check and see the fuel pump is turning on when you turn the ignition to run!

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If it starts and then dies, check the fuel system. If it runs but will not move check the transmission or a stuck brake system.

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take a trox wrench and unscrew the metal plate on the back mirror then glue the plate to the windshield slip mirror over it and the is a automatic dimmer not a compass

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That is because the entertainment system is part of the security system, you are locked out.

2001 Lincoln LS | Answered on Jan 02, 2020


there should never be a leak in the system at all when the car starts the compressor should run once about 5 to 15 second to check for leaks
if longer than that you are headed for bigger problems

2003 Lincoln... | Answered on Jan 02, 2020


take off both battery ends from battery clean then hook up + and then strike neg against post 3 times and hook it up

1996 Lincoln... | Answered on Jan 02, 2020


Blender door might be sticking get close to it and listen for the sound of it opening

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Your transmission works by a cable it is stretch and ready to break you might be able to tighten it but if it breaks in park you can not drive if it breaks in drive you can not shift to park to start the car anyway

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That is because you have the all seasons control it is set up that way so you can run it auto ot manually

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The signal light and window wiper switch is all one unit

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I would say it has something to do with this !
Shift Interlock System An ignition/shifter interlock mechanism is installed to prevent shifting the transaxle out of the PARK position unless the ignition switch is rotated to RUN and the brake pedal is applied. The floor shift interlock system consists of:
  • an actuator assembly integral to the ignition/shifter interlock cable assembly.
  • a bracket retaining the actuator.
  • the necessary wiring.
The solenoid is energized when the ignition switch is turned to the RUN position, locking the transaxle range selector lever in the PARK position. When the brake pedal is applied and the stoplight switch (13480) is activated, the ignition/shifter interlock actuator is deactivated and the transaxle range selector lever can be moved out of the PARK position.

2001 Lincoln... | Answered on Jan 01, 2020


front electronic module ! Hook up a professional type scan tool to see if the module communicates with the scan tool , Check DTC'S - diagnostic trouble code's . First step ! If no communication check power an grounds . Your best bet , take your vehicle to a qualified repair shop.

Lincoln Cars &... | Answered on Dec 31, 2019

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