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Help! I'm stuck in Park

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2010 2.0L gas version with automatic stuck in park.  Any ideas? 

 

I saw something concerning the brake light fuse online, so I switched it and then made it to a convenience store to by more fuses, now I'm stuck in park again. (so, I'm guessing that wasn't the cause.)

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Well I guess it's not an emergency anymore, now that I know I can pry the little circular cover off next to the shifter and push something down with a screwdriver.  But I do still need to figure this out.  Any input?

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Most newer cars,  including the TC use the brake light circuit to activate the shift interlock. The shift lock actuator at the shifter needs to be energized to move the shifter out of Park range. The manual override next to the shifter is there in case something fails. Usually it's a brake light circuit fault, as a blown fuse, faulty brake light switch, etc. It is also possible the actuator fails, but this is rare. Start by checking to see if the brake lights work. If not, you'll need to do some testing with a volt meter to find the cause. The fuse and the brake light switch are the most likely suspects.

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Not the switch. Unless I'm choosing the wrong fuse, I have no clue. I even unplugged my Curt trailer wiring kit, and plugged the lights in as they were from the factory. No use. Replaced a suspect bulb, nothing...

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Update: These brake switches are delicate little things. I took my van to the shop, and allegedly I broke the switch installing it. After it didn't work in one of the 3 spots, I tried a different one. Installing it twice is apparently bad.  They tried to install another switch, and it seems that they didn't do it right either. They're still figuring it out. Hopefully I get my van back tomorrow.

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Van is back. The third switch worked. The shop owner said he hunted down a genuine Ford switch, instead of the store brand switches that all the parts stores stock.

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Glad to read that you found the solution. Now we can file this for the next owner.  This is 1 of those instances where the cheap stuff doesn't work, and you have to use OEM.

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Hi there, have the same issue today, do you have any part number on this switch? Tks

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RockAuto $32.79 plus shipping.

MOTORCRAFT SW7810

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