Can't shift gears once engine is on.
1997 Lincoln Town Car

Can't shift gears once engine is on.

(1997 Lincoln Town Car)
1997 Lincoln town car. Please tell me the option I have to fix this with long lasting effect,the cheapest, and the easiest way to fix it. (doesn't have to be all 3 just get close enough). The only thing I've changed is the neutral safety switch within the last 1-2 weeks. If e put the car in neutral at all the then back in park to start it just won't and we tried everything. ECC box does make a strange click sound but I haven't questioned it.
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1 answer & 8 comments
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on November 21, 2019

Do you mean transmission will not shift from park ?
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on November 21, 2019

What happens exactly when you start the engine and try to shift transmission into a gear??

Gear shift stuck in PARK position ?
on November 21, 2019
Yes this the problem.
on November 21, 2019
on November 21, 2019

Check for proper BRAKE LIGHT operation > possible blown fuse OR failed brake light switch..

Also possible wiring problem to the brake light switch.

It appears for some reason the gear shift lever release doesn’t know the brake pedal has been depressed so it will not come out if park - - that is usually a brake light switch / circuit related problem.

This can also be due a mechanical failure within the steering column.

Let me know what you find out about brake light operation.

Good luck!

on November 25, 2019
on November 25, 2019

Did you have any luck with it yet?
on November 25, 2019
Not yet but now it won't start at all. (just stating)

on November 25, 2019

You replaced the park / neutral switch - it may need to be adjusted.

Try starting in neutral - move shifter back and forth while HOLDING KEY TO START.
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on November 21, 2019

Do you mean transmission will not shift from park ?
Sign in to reply
on November 21, 2019

What happens exactly when you start the engine and try to shift transmission into a gear??

Gear shift stuck in PARK position ?
on November 21, 2019
Yes this the problem.
on November 21, 2019
on November 21, 2019

Check for proper BRAKE LIGHT operation > possible blown fuse OR failed brake light switch..

Also possible wiring problem to the brake light switch.

It appears for some reason the gear shift lever release doesn’t know the brake pedal has been depressed so it will not come out if park - - that is usually a brake light switch / circuit related problem.

This can also be due a mechanical failure within the steering column.

Let me know what you find out about brake light operation.

Good luck!

on November 25, 2019
on November 25, 2019

Did you have any luck with it yet?
on November 25, 2019
Not yet but now it won't start at all. (just stating)

on November 25, 2019

You replaced the park / neutral switch - it may need to be adjusted.

Try starting in neutral - move shifter back and forth while HOLDING KEY TO START.

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