Wednesday, June 6, 2012

1998 Ford Expedition: Will not Shift Out of Park?

The Shifter will not release out of park mode.Vehicle stuck up in park and not move to drive mode or go to reverse.

First the few basics needs to be inspected.

When the shifter will not release from Park, first- Check your rear brake lights and see if they are working when you step on the brake pedal.

If the brake lights are NOT working, check your fuses.
Now if the fuses are good, and still no brake lights, the problem will be the Brake Light Switch.
The switch is located  at the top of the brake peal arm.
See the Exact location diagram of Brake light Switch shown below:----
brake light switch

This switch controls the rear brake lights, and also sends a signal to the Shift Interlock telling it to release when the brake pedal is depressed. Inspect the electrical connector for any loose, broken or damaged wires. If the visual inspection checks ok, replacing the switch will solve your problems.

The above mentioned in one possibility.But now think other way.
If the brake lights ARE working,then in that case the problem will be in the Shift Interlock system. Very commonly, this a Shift Interlock Solenoid problem. This solenoid is located on the steering column.
First Inspect the electrical connector for any loose, broken or damaged wires. If the visual inspection checks ok, suspect a faulty solenoid.

See below the exact location diagram for faulty part:----
Shift interlock Solenoid

This details will help.

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