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Nancy BrownWed Jun-08-05 09:21 AM
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"HELP, STUCK IN PARK!"


          

I have a 1997 Lincoln Mark VIII with 107k miles on it I cannot
get out of park.  The car starts with no problem but the
button on the shifter with not depress and I cannot get the
car in DRIVE. Does anyone know why this is happening, as I
have no idea?

  I use the cruise control quite a lot and when coming home on
Friday it stopped working.  I do not know if this could be
part of the Problem OR NOT.  

Nancy JO

  

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95BLKLSCSun Jun-06-04 08:59 PM
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#1. "RE: HELP, STUCK IN PARK!"
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Sounds like it's related to the function that only allows you
to shift out of park after you depress the brake. It's
possible that the switch that is linked to the brake pedal has
failed. Easy way to check is have somone get out back of the
car when you step on the brake. If there arn't any lights
going on then the switch is most likly crapped out on you. Not
sure about the cruse control. May be related, but check on the
lights first then go from there. Start at the easy things. 

www.cardomain.com/id/blacklsc

  

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XCELLR8Sun Jun-06-04 09:25 PM
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It could be the fuse that controls the brake switch. Like the
post above have someone look to see if the brake lights are
working.  Then check fuses and the switch.

One way to get the car in gear is to turn the key to the ON
position(do not start the car).

Put the gear lever in Neutral

Then start the car and you can drive.

My 93 SHO did this and that is how I got the car home to fix
the brake switch. IIRC the brake switch is about $35 for the
part.


Later

  

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Omen65Sun Jun-06-04 09:53 PM
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#3. "RE: HELP, STUCK IN PARK!"
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 Like what was said above...

Check if you have break lights, no lights then it is the fuse
(same fuse as the gear sift lock).

Steve
1994 Mark VIII / Pearlescent White

Brooksville, FL

  

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Nancy BrownSun Jun-06-04 11:16 PM
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You were right, it is the brake switch.  I had someone go to
the back of the car and the break lights are out!  

I did get the car out of park by not turning on the motor as
the xcellr8 suggested; turning the key to the left while
depressing the shift button while turning the key slightly to
the right.  Then shifting to neutral and starting the engine,
when I return the car to park it locks again.  I will have to
have the switch replaced but I will be able to get to work
tomorrow.

I love my Red Rocket, and plan to keep this car for a very
long time!

Thank you for your help, 

Nancy JO

  

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Omen65Mon Jun-07-04 12:12 AM
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#5. "RE: HELP, STUCK IN PARK!"
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Did you check the break light fuse?

Steve
1994 Mark VIII / Pearlescent White

Brooksville, FL

  

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95BLKLSCMon Jun-07-04 09:05 AM
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be carefull!!!! If you don't have brake lights somone could
rear end you, it would be your fault for defective equipment
too!! Don't go and get rear ended on us. Glad it's going to be
something simple and inexpensive to fix. 

www.cardomain.com/id/blacklsc

  

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BlackIceLSCMon Jun-07-04 10:18 AM
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#7. "RE: HELP, STUCK IN PARK!"
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Mon Jun-07-04 10:18 AM by BlackIceLSC

  

          

This, folks, is another example of what a wonderful help this
website is. Imagine towing a car into a shop to find the
answer to this problem, then paying the shop to diagnose the
problem, and then fixing it.

Its one thing to log on to a a website to learn, and discuss,
but this place has so many active members that most people can
get answers within hours, if not minutes.

Another example of what Calvin Louie started, and we
continued. Excellent job helping this fellow Mark VIII owners.

Another succesful thread. Problem stated, advice sought.
Advice given, problem solved. It doesnt get any better than
that!

And Nancy Jo, thank you for following up on this topic and
telling us that the problem was solved.

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