2001 Volvo S40 Q&A
2001 Volvo S40 Question: brake pedal and gear shift?
What I thought was a problem with my gear shift button sticking actually seems to be tied to the brakes. The brake pads themselves look good. My gear shift won't unlock until I've pumped the brakes a few times, and my brake light itself comes on and off randomly. Any ideas? - indigogal
There is a shift-lock feature on your vehicle that prevents you from putting the transmission into gear until you put your foot on the brake pedal. When you step on your brakes, the brake light switch sends a signal to the brake lights and to the shift lock system, this signal is used to "un-lock" the shift lock so you can take it out of gear. So, if the brake light switch is not working properly, your shift lock will not work as well as your brake lights. - Bret Bodas