Can't get my car out of park, and brake lights don't work? on 2006 Suzuki Forenza

I can't seem to shift my car out of park without having to place my key in the shift lock and starting the car in neutral, but even when I do that I notice that my turning signals work but the break lights won't come on. What's up with my car?

by in Grovetown, GA on July 16, 2009
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ANSWER by on July 17, 2009
The shift lock is a safety feature that prevents people starting the vehicle in drive or reverse. The shift lock needs to see ignition on and an input from the brake light switch in order to operate. Check fuses in the engine compartment fuse box, fuse 11 (10 AMP) supplies power to the control module and fuse 13 (15 AMP) supplies power to the brake light switch. Orange wire at brake light switch should be live key on and light blue wire at brake light switch should be live with the brake pedal depressed. Further testing is required if it is not the brake light switch input that is preventing you from getting the transmission out of park.
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COMMENT by on June 13, 2011
Would the solenoid in steering column cause the fuse to blow if the brake switch was replaced. As this is causing my 1995 explorer to have contnued problems with this
ANSWER by on July 17, 2009
If your car won't get out of park and your brake lights do not work, then it is most likely a defective brake light switch. The brake light switch energizes an unlock solenoid that allows your shift lever to move out of park. It is for safety, because you HAVE to have your foot on the BRAKE.
ANSWER by on September 19, 2010
I have a 2006 suzuki forenza and this happened to me. I talked to the mechanic at the dealership and he said it was the brake light switch and that it was a safety feature so we would not drive the car with no break lights . I ordered one from them and just paid for the part. my husband was deployed so I looked up "how to change the brake light switch online (and I know absolutely nothing about cars). and it was pretty easy. Once I changed it out, it shifted out of park with no problem.