2000 Ford Taurus Q&A
2000 Ford Taurus Question: Shifter stuck?
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? - Visitor
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. - Helpfull44
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. - Visitor
Try changing brake lights fuse. Worked for me. - Visitor
I know its a little late to help the original poster but I had this problem yesterday with my 2000 Taurus Se. After the usual checks I switched the relays under the hood, relay 31 which is for the pcm power relay, the car now shifts and haven't had a problem since. The reason for this is that the relay changes the circuit to allow the electronic lock to sense the brake is applied before allowing the driver to shift into gear. - 2000repairsplus
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