It is inside the shifter assembly.
It is a small solenoid that is accutated when the brake pedal is applied allowing shifter to move. This is located at the shifter and can be heard if all is quiet shifter in park and brakes applied.
The tcc switch (tcc brake switch) is located under the dash near the brake pedal. The tcc solenoid is located under the side cover in the transmission/transaxle. The tcc switch (tcc brake switch) is located under the dash near the brake pedal. The tcc solenoid is located under the side cover in the transmission/transaxle. The tcc switch (tcc brake switch) is located under the dash near the brake pedal. The tcc solenoid is located under the side cover in the transmission/transaxle.
First check to see if you have brake lights, if no brake lights you have a bad shift interlock switch,it is a small black box located behind your brake pedal.It's about $45.00 from the dealership. I keep a spare in my van.
It is located on top of the steering column. Right above the shifter. There is also a lever underneath th steering column cover. Remove the cover and push the lever down, it releases the shifter.
Shift interlock solenoid is not letting shift mechanism to release, possible brake switch failure, faulty solenoid, or wiring.
Possibly the brake light switch is bad. I had a recall on a Ford Taurus that spoke of this problem. The brake light switch releases a solenoid that holds the shifter in park.
The shifter on automatic transmission cars is interlocked with the brake. You can not take it out of PARK unless you press on the brake pedal. If you are pressing on the brake and it still will not come out of PARK, the interlock solenoid may be bad.
The 2001 Escape, with the gear shifter on the steering column, has an interlock solenoid located by the shifter assembly. The purpose is to lock the shifter in PARK until you depress the brake pedal. This is to prevent "sudden acceleration" where you engage the transmission with the brake off and the car shoots forward or backward. When you press the brake pedal a switch is closed that turns on the break lights and activates the solenoid, generating a magnetic field that withdraws the interlock pin, allowing you to move the shifter out of Park and into Drive or Reverse. The solenoid can make a clicking noise. We never noticed the clicking sound in our 2001 Escape until this mechanism had begun to fail, locking the shifter in Park regardless of the position of the brake pedal.
The shift mechanism is only allowed to move from park if and when the brake pedal is pressed. Possible causes are, faulty brake pedal switch, shift interlock solenoid, wiring, or broken shift button. Possible shift linkage or transmission problem. Find the procedure for "bypassing or overriding the shift interlock" for further diagnosis.
You need to remove lower plastic cover of your steering Colom. It is on the shifter side. It is black with a small white plastic circle under it.
on the floor on drivers side, left of brake pedal
the sound that you are hearing is the transmission interlock solenoid. It is designed to keep the shifter in park until you put your foot on the brake pedal. it's normal to hear the solenoid disengaging the locking bar when pressing the brake pedal after starting the car.
Brake - Shift Interlock
The shift lock on the solenoid is located under the shift lever cover. When the brake is depressed it then unlocks the shifter of the vehicle. If this does not unlock the solenoid then it will need to be replaced.
Check the brake light fuse.
If the trans. is an automatic, the prob. might be in the trans. shift interlock solenoid. This is a solenoid that prevents shifting into gear unless your foot is on the brake pedal. The solenoid is located on the steering column or under the center console on floor shift models. Check to see if you have any connectors unplugged at these locations, if you do, find where it goes and your problem may go away.
That is my question, I want to know where the brake interlock is located at? --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The owners manual will explain what to do if you can not shift out of PARK with the brake pedal depressed You can view most of the Ford models owners manuals online ( as of August 13 , 2012 , back to the 1996 model year ) at : www . motorcraft service . com ( no spaces ) Click on Owner Guides Look in the index for " brake-shift interlock "
the brake interlock press on the brake to release it
If the red " BRAKE " light in your dash is on that indicates that either your parking brake / emergency brake is on , or the BRAKE FLUID LEVEL in your brake master cylinder ( located in the engine compartment ) IS LOW
Below and to the left of the brake pedal , remove the cover panel to access the fuses
Below and to the left of the steering wheel by the brake pedal . It has a cover on it.
See sources and related links below to lookup Ford Windstar brake light lamp part numbers by vehicle year.
There is a shifter interlock switch on the brake pedal which also controls the brake lights
on the back side of the backing plates ( dust shields by rotors )