The past week I have encountered a problem. My shifter doesn't seem to want shift out of park. I depress the brake and everything yet it still doesn't want to move. Only after 5 minutes of fighting with it while pressing the brake will it finally move. Is there an easy fix to this or is the beginning of an even bigger problem?
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2000 Ford Taurus
Question: Shifter stuck?
Helpfull44 April 10, 2010, 12:54Enthusiast
sounds like your saftey switch to the brake pedal is out of adjustment,or broken. When you push down on the brake pedal, the switch is energized and releases a latch locking the shift lever in place. Check the switch at the foot pedal.
Answer #2Visitor, April 17, 2010, 19:46
There can be numerous causes for this and it may be as simple as air in the brake lines. Nevertheless, until u ascertain the problem and as long as ur brakes r working, turn the key to the "on" position without starting, shift to "neutral, then start. Some cars have a manual release button in the steering column but for this particular car this is how u can override the brake safety feature. Btw, the problem is commonly the release mechanism/solenoid in the steering column but, can be as simple as dirty connections in the mechanism.
Answer #3Visitor, July 25, 2010, 18:56
Try changing brake lights fuse. Worked for me.