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1 4th September 12:04
andrew rossmann
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Default Mercury Grand Marquis auto won't shift into gear


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In article <GZYdc.6546$_O.4768@newssvr24.news.prodigy.com>, jobe72701
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It probably has an electric shift interlock. When you step on the brake,
it turns on a solenoid that unlocks the shifter. If the switch or solenoid
go bad, you will not be able to shift out of park.

Also, make certain she is actually holding down the brake while shifting
out of park.

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2 4th September 12:04
jobe
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Default Mercury Grand Marquis auto won't shift into gear


That sounds like a good possibility. Do you know where this solenoid might
be located?
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3 4th September 12:04
mark olson
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Default Mercury Grand Marquis auto won't shift into gear


It's near the bottom of the steering column, if it's anything like
the one on my Aerostar.

A common problem is the shifter linkage tube and the rod that slides
inside it get bent or broken, as I found out from the Ford parts guy
when I bought the parts for my Aerostar's broken shifter mechanism.

Coincidentally my shifter broke right after I had the van towed...
I strongly suspect the tow truck driver didn't step on the pedal
before trying to take the shift lever out of park.

Anyway, the solenoid itself may be the problem, or it could also be
a problem with the switch on the brake pedal that controls the
solenoid. Check the connectors to the switch and the solenoid to
make sure they are pushed on all the way before doing anything more
drastic.
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4 4th September 12:04
lugnut
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It is likely a bad brake light switch. If the brake lights
do not work and the fuse and lamps are OK, it is more likely
the problem.. You can check the lamps by turning on the 4
way flasher to see if they work. The bypass in a pinch is
to turn the switch key out of lock and shift into nuetral
where it will start. You can then put it into whatever
position you want. You will have to do this every time you
place it into park until it is repaired. BTW, Ford is
recalling many late models for defective brake light
switches and wires harnesses. I do not know exactly which
models. I just got the one on our Sable.

Good Luck

Lugnut
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5 4th September 12:05
andrew rossmann
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In article <kj7h705lianaoq0fdmrl746h6rnd74rc11@4ax.com>,
lugnut@bellsouth.net says...

The recall is only for the 2000+ Taurus/Sable. This is the SECOND brake
light switch recall for some models like my 2000 with adjustable pedals.
In hot weather, grease on some springs and other parts melts and runs down
the brake pedal and gets into the switch. That causes arcing on the
contacts, which melts the plastic it is made out of. That causes the
switch to get stuck on (happened to me TWICE) or off.

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6 4th September 13:24
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Try this. Turn the key from "lock" to "off". The steering wheel will
be unlocked, but there will be no instrument warning lights. Hold the
brake pedal and move the shift lever to "N". Now start the car and
shift into reverse or drive. This bypasses a malfunctioning shifter
interlock.
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