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Ford Taurus Won't Come Out Of Park

Q. I have a 1994 Ford Taurus that won't come out of Park and is stuck in my driveway. I've checked the release located beneath the brake pedal and it is working properly. What else can I check to fix the problem?

Thank you,
John
Plantation, FL

Ford Taurus Won't Come Out Of Park

A. It sounds like you have a problem with the shift interlock system.

DESCRIPTION:
A brake/shifter interlock mechanism is installed on vehicles with an automatic transaxle. This is to prevent shifting the transaxle out of the PARK position unless the brake pedal is applied.

CONSTRUCTION:
The brake/shift interlock system consists of an actuator assembly attached to the key interlock assembly and the necessary wiring.

OPERATION:
The ignition/shifter interlock system locks the shift lever in the PARK position when the ignition switch is in the LOCK position. It also requires the shift lever to be in the PARK position to turn the ignition switch to the LOCK position.

The actuator is energized when the ignition switch is turned to the RUN position. This locks the shifter in the PARK position. When the brake pedal is applied and the stoplight switch is activated, the shift lock actuator is deactivated and the shifter can be moved out of the PARK position.

With a column shift the shift lock actuator is located at the bottom of the steering column. In the floor shift it is located under the center console

In your owners manual there is a procedure for bypassing the shift lock in an emergency.

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