My 91 Town car will not shift from park after engine is started. I have to
manualy over ride the system as explained in the owners manual by turning
off the engine, then set the parking brake, then turn the ignition key to
the first notch, then pull gear shift lever to neutral, then start the
engine after which I can then pull the gear shift lever into drive.
Your brake light switch is bad. Should set you back about
$20USD in the aftermarket like Advance, Autozone, Pep, etc.
Ford dealer should be about the same. I have no idea what
labor may be. Takes only a couple of minutes to change.
BTW, you probably have no brake lights which presents a very
high risk of being rear ended until you get this fixed. Do
He is correct. Either the brake light switch or the connector to the brake
light switch. They're mounted where the brake pedal is hinged inside the cabin.
Not only are you missing brake lights, your cruise control is probably out as
well. He's absolutely right... fix this today. You shouldn't be riding around
without brake lights... not to mention the PITA you're having getting the car in
Another point for the argument against "ohming out" automotive circuits...
although it probably would have shown relatively high resistance; maybe 5-
using test light or volts scale would have nailed it.
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