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Lincoln 1996 Town Car: 1996 Lincoln Town car. Cannot get the

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1996 Lincoln Town car. Cannot get the transmission OUT of PARK. Engine starts fine. All else seems fine.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Lincoln
Expert:  Ron Z. replied 2 years ago.
When the shifter will not release from Park, first, check the rear brakes lights and see if they are working when you step on the brake pedal. If the brake lights are NOT working, first, check fuse #15 in the fuse box under the driver's side dash. If the fuse is good, then the problem will lie in the Brake Light Switch located at the top of the brake pedal arm. This switch controls the rear brake lights and also sends a signal to the shift interlock telling it to release when the brake pedal is depressed. Inspect the electrical connector and wire harness for any loose, broken or damaged wires. Inspect the switch mount and contact points for any broken or misaligned parts. If the visual inspection checks ok, replacing the switch will solve the problem. If the lights ARE working, then the problem will lie in the Shift Interlock System. The interlock solenoid and the shifter assembly itself will need to be inspected for functionality and and broken parts. Please do the right thing and remember to leave a rating using the rating system at the top of this page or accept the answer so I may be credited for this Q&A. You can ask follow-up questions any time, even after you rate or accept.