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Why does the transmission shift not release with the brake in your 1997 Ford Thunderbird?

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2010-04-07 00:35:40
2010-04-07 00:35:40

A likely cause is the brake pedal switch. It is on the brake pedal shaft. The switch must close when you step on the brake to shift the transmission from Park to other gears. The switch itself can be bad and must be replaced or one or more wires to the switch may be broken. My 1997 Ford Thunderbird would not shift out of Park until I found a broken wire and reconnected it. The entire switch can be removed to remove small broken wires from the switch that cannot be reconnected. Longer wires can then be inserted into the switch in order to splice the switch wires to the car wires. The correct size Crimp connectors and a Crimping tool would be good for a wire splice. Wrap the splice with rubber tape, not vinyl plastic tape. DISCONNECT THE NEGATICE GROUND CABLE TO THE BATTERY BEFORE DOING THE WORK. RECONNECT AFTER THE SPLICE IS COMPLETE.

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