HelloCustomer, I'm Chris, a current Ford Lincoln Mercury employee.
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Is the shifter stuck in park?
When the brakes are pressed do the rear lamps illuminate?
Is there a chance you damaged wires under the vehicle near the spare?
Since the brake lights are working then this means the brake shift interlock is non operational. So you need to first check fuse 6 under the dash. If its good then you will need to lower the steering and replace the solenoid actuator.
As for the other concerns start simple by checkeing all there fuses and relays as the first step.
Sounds like your GEM module ahas lost power which may be the concern to llok into. I would recommend you check both the innere fuse panle and the GEM attached to the back of it for water intrusions from windshield leaks.
The brake shift actuator is a solenoid which pulls in and out when the brakes are pressed to allow the shifter to come out of park.
601 is the accessory delay relay fuse. It is esiest checked by just swapping in a new one since it cant be seen from the inside.
Here are the circuits for the windows and wipers and courtesy lights.
Dont forget to check for water intrusion which is common on this model in the fuse panel and GEM module.