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Why does the shift release not work when you step on the brake pedal of a 1997 Thunderbird?

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2005-10-27 22:59:05
2005-10-27 22:59:05

CHECK ALL FUSES FIRST. YOU CAN PUT THE CAR IN NUETRAL AND START IT THEN GO FROM THERE,,

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