Tip & How-To about Ford Explorer Sport Trac

Car transmission life tip

It’s a little pedal near your left leg, or a lever on your right. Yes, that mysterious device that you’ve never used is actually valuable. When you park on an incline, or even on fairly steady ground, without using the parking brake, you’re putting all of the stress of the car on your transmission. The only thing inside that transmission holding your car steady is a little pin called a parking pawl. By using the parking brake, you lock up the non-drive wheels as well as the drive wheels and take the stress off of the transmission. It’ll add years of life to your cars transmission . Just remember to disengage it before you start driving again.

Posted by on

Cars & Trucks Logo

Related Topics:

Related Questions:

1 Answer

I am taking hydroxychlor 200 I am having upper arm pain right and left arms and hip and leg pain did not have until after taking hydroxychlor


Call your Doctor's office. FIXYA unpoaid volunteers are not licensed to practice medicine, and if you actually have a serious issue, you have wasted valuable time.

Jun 08, 2018 | Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

shifter stuck in park


Had this happen on 2 separate Ford Explorers. On one the problem was solved by simply pushing on the vehicle and rolling it about 8" until it locked into park. Had to do this a few times when stopped on level ground and the vehicle had not actually clicked into park. Then mysteriously the problem went away.

On the second vehicle the device in the steering column that actuates the little stop had to be replaced. We did go ahead and replace the brake pedal switch at the same time just as a precaution. On this Explorer the driver had broken the stop by forcing the shifter out of park. This caused the replacement to be slightly more difficult.

May 07, 2014 | Lincoln Navigator Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

handbrake light stays on


I am going to hope these two items are related.
First the handbrake.
On most cars, it works like this. ( Wish I could say that for VW !)
The handbrake lever or pedal has a very small switch, about the size of your little finger, located in a place near the lever or pedal so that, when you push the pedal or pull the lever, the little switch has a button inside it that is released to come out, and that turns on your light, telling you the brake is on.
It is a "push button" switch.
When you release the pedal or the brake lever to normal position, the button is pushed back into the switch turning off the light.
I suspect you have a lever between the seats.
It will be surely hard to find the switch, as it likely is down inside the console.
If yours has the pedal under the dashboard, it is much easier to find, as you should be able to see it way up under the dashboard near the top of the emergency brake pedal.
The switches are usually only a few dollars, unless you go to a car dealer, and the labor can be high.
Oh yes, sometimes the switches are made of cheap plastic, and they can actually break or fall out of their socket !
I think the beeping may just be an audible reminder of the switch problem.
Be Blessed.

Feb 02, 2013 | Volkswagen Polo Cars & Trucks

2 Answers

I cant get my key out of the ignition ever since last night when i had a tire blow out. any suggestions?


yes my passport had the same problem its related to when u put your car in park theres a little pin right behind the ignition that disengages the key i had to take my cover of the column and manualy push it up towards me as far as i know the actual fix for this problem is hard and very expensive it involves a cable that has to be rerouted there is no adjustment it just gets stretched out over time so i just left my column cover off its a little unsightly but its a whole lot cheaper hope this helps

Aug 05, 2011 | 1999 Honda Passport

1 Answer

replaced tail light bulbs checked fuse and my brake lights still dont work what di i do


It is probably your brake switch. It is located right above your brake pedal. The brake pedal leg actually hits the brake switch, therfore, turning on your lights. It is probably broke. It looks like a round chrome cylinder usually. It is right above that pedal.

Mar 03, 2011 | 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Not finding what you are looking for?

1,351 people viewed this tip

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Ford Experts

Marvin
Marvin

Level 3 Expert

85239 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22485 Answers

Jeffrey Turcotte
Jeffrey Turcotte

Level 3 Expert

8984 Answers

Are you a Ford Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Loading...