just changed my brake switch tonight on my lincoln.
it was the brake switch for sure, but had a different symptom.
brake lights would not come on.
would not release gear shift.
but could use cruise control and if you hit brakes, lights wouldn't come
on, but cruise control would disengage.
changed switch everything works like it should.
takes about 5 to 10 mintues to change.
knowledge is power - growing old is mandatory - growing wise is optional
The work-around, in case you don't have the Owner's Manual handy, is to put foot
pedal, shift to neutral before starting engine, then foot on brake (so it
doesn't roll on
ya) and shift to either drive or reverse as appropriate.
Drove my van for 2 years doing that. It's also a great anti-theft device <grin>
drives jiffy-lube type places and valet parking attendants crazy ... they'll
come looking for you if you forget to tell them about it.
The problem, though I didn't know this until I brought it in, was that the brake
lights didn't work until I got the wiring fixed. Mine had gotten tougher and
tougher to take out of gear until one evening it couldn't be done. I consulted
the Haynes manual and did what you posted. I had to drive it to work that next
morning but the morning after that I was sitting down at the Mercury dealership
getting it fixed. That's when I found out I had no brake lights.
Cruise control worked fine, as I recall.
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