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Old 11-16-2014, 12:52 PM   #1
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Can't shift out of park

I returned from an elk hunting trip in our 1997 Class A Fleetwood Pace Arrow. It is very cold and after parking for the night I can't get it to shift out of park so I can permanently store it where I want for the winter. I did a little bit of searching and there was talk of it maybe being a fuse. That makes sense because my speedometer and dome lights went out during my return trip which I think was caused by a short in the wiring to my towed pickup. Any feedback is very welcome and being a newbie I'm not even sure where to look for fuses. Thanks much.
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Old 11-16-2014, 01:19 PM   #2
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What chassis, is your coach built on ? Ford , Workhorse ?
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Old 11-16-2014, 01:24 PM   #3
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The fuse is located in the Chevy fuse block. It is located on the lower firewall about the drivers left foot area. Also push hard on the brake while shifting. The shift interlock is harder to work when it is cold.
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I have a workhorse chassis and the GM tranny. When it really gets cold 20F and lower, it is a real b***h to get the shifter out of Park and into drive. So welcome to the club. I'll watch this thread to so if any help arrives.
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Old 11-17-2014, 08:21 AM   #5
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Problem may be the shifter lock in the steering column.

Try lifting your front wheels off the ground with your hydraulic jacks to take the pressure off the steering shifter interlock.

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Old 11-17-2014, 08:29 AM   #6
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This happened to me on a National SeaBreeze Class A. It turned out to be a stuck plunger switch on the brake pedal. They get cold and won't work / they need WD-40!
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Old 11-17-2014, 08:30 AM   #7
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I think there is an inter lock with the brake light switch to activate it. If the fuse is blown for the brake lights it won't work. That's where I would start .
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This is the switch that releases the shifter so it will move to another position. They get dirty and dusty. Remember, you always have to depress the brake pedal to move to another position.
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I think it is a Ford Chassis as the engine is a Triton 460 V10.
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Thanks. I saw a fuse box on the other side of the firewall when I opened the hood outside but didn't see any fuses relating to braking.
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The fuse box might not be visible until you've got you head under the dash, hope your limber.
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I pushed really hard on the brake and still couldn't shift. I will get a flashlight and look up under the dash since the fuse box on the outside of the firewall didn't have anything regarding brakes or brake lights. Thanks.
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I pushed really hard on the brake and still couldn't shift. I will get a flashlight and look up under the dash since the fuse box on the outside of the firewall didn't have anything regarding brakes or brake lights. Thanks.
Did you try raising your front wheels off the ground with your jacks??
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Yes on the Fords there is a fuse for the brake lights that also controls the shift interlock.. If you don't have brake lights on the coach because of short with toad, then the shifter won't come out of park after the gin is turned off. Don't force the ford shifters either, the internal aluminum castings are weak in the columns. FIND THE FUSE.
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