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Old 10-18-2015, 07:57 AM   #1
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Trans will not shift out of park!!

First I must thank all the staff and new friends we met at Nashville. We had a wonderful time and look forward to doing a Rally again. We stayed an extra day at the KOA and went to the Grand Ol Opry on Saturday night. Sunday morning left for home, deciding to go North thru KY and WVA to PA. Went to spend the night in a campground in WVA, checked in and could not get the shift selector out of Park. Engine started fine, had foot on brake,selector would not move. Told the owner of campground and she said she would get her husband to see if he could do anything. This was getting late and it was cold and windy, I tried to stay calm as he tried to get it out of park, then he kindly let me hook up water and electric right in front of the office. The last thing he told me was to call the 800 # for Ford and to get the owners manual out and read it. It was too late so I just went to bed. Getting up early I got the manual out and started reading, SURE ENOUGH a section on not getting your vehicle out of park. Long story short, read the troubleshooting procedure and found a blown fuse in the brake light circuit, now I had no fuses that physical size so I exchanged it with one from another circuit same size and was able to get it out of park. The new fuse did not blow and I was able to continue homeward. The first chance I had, I bought new fuses but never replaced it until we got home and no problems. I had to have some warranty work done and a state inspection also, everything is still ok. I know it puzzled me and the people at the dealers and the only thing I remember out of the ordinary was hitting a pot hole really hard, that may have jarred something. I was not towing so that eliminated that end. This is 2014 Jayco class C Ford E450.

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Old 10-18-2015, 04:04 PM   #2
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First, sure glad this turned out okay for you and secondly, thank you for sharing your experience. Certainly could be helpful someday.

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Old 10-19-2015, 08:39 PM   #3
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That seems to be a 'feature' present on most newer vehicles. An easy fix once you know what you are dealing with but it sure gets you the first time!! With all of the stupid warnings that most vehicles now have, you would think they could put a simple light or something on the dash to tell you what the problem is. ....something like 'hey! Your brake lights don't work' 😀 rather than locking the transmission...but I am sure it's another one of the many government regulations to protect us from ourselves...ugh!

Some vehicles (Toyota) have an override you can push in to bypass the lock
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Old 10-21-2015, 09:53 AM   #4
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Perfect reason why we replaced our RV's fuses with Bussmann easyID Illuminating LED Blade Fuses that light up when they blow, making it EASY to quickly see if a fuse is blown... And which one. We also have spares for each different color (amperage) fuse and kept the original "old school" fuses as spares in a ZipLoc bag Just-In-Case
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Old 10-21-2015, 10:16 AM   #5
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The " Park / Brake Interlock " is a feature on automatic transmission equipped cars , light trucks, and gas power motor homes.
Introduced, mid to late 80's, if memory serves, after a number drivers, drove through the back of their garages, by shifting into gear with their foot, mistakenly, on the gas instead of the brake.
The system needs to see the brake lights on to release the shift lever.
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