Yep. Your brake on/of (BOO) switch is bad. It needs replaced asap, because
more than likely the brake lights aren't working either. To get it in gear,
shut the car off. Put the shifter in neutral, then start the car.
The replacement is surprisingly easy. The switch is up the brake pedal
shaft from the brake pedal. The harness unplugs and the switch is held in
place with a clip, if I remember correctly.
You should probably check with your dealer about a free replacement. I know
that some models had a recall on the BOO Switch. My 2000 Taurus wagon did.
It ate BOO switches.
Back up a minute. HE siad the brake light was out. If a brake light is
out, it will have the same effect. its not necessarily the boo switch.
At least thats how it is on my ford truck, when a brake light is out, it
won't come out of park.
Thanks for all the help, I got the switch off and noticed one of the wires
was burnt/corroded so I will need to replaced the plug to the switch. The
fuses were not burned out. I was able to get the lever into the neutral
position and will try to replaced the switch myself, it looks like a simple
repair the only problem I see is replacing the plug because it looks like I
will need to splice the wires into the new plug. I will go to the ford
dealership tomorrow for the plug and switch. I went to Shucks they had the
switch but not the plug.
Good, they're giving you the new switch. The wiring was part of the
problem, iirc, so you will want to fix the whole pigtail. You really should
ask the dealer if you're covered under the recall. You can also contact
Ford to find out.
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