why does transmission get stuck in park

Bill Harrison

Asked by Bill May 06, 2014 at 02:01 AM about the 2001 Ford Windstar

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

got stuck in park for several minutes but I let it sit while i called my husband. when I got back to the car i tried again and everything was fine.

2 Answers

Tom Demyan

It could be the shifter release solenoid. Have someone check if your brake lights go on when you press the pedal. If they don't check the brake light switch at the top of the brake pedal. If the brake lights are OK, then the solenoid is defective.

3 out of 3 people think this is helpful.

Yes it could be the shifter release solenoid or the brake light switch, either way the shifter is stuck in Park. To get my car out of Park I turned to key to the start position, or actually started the car. Then turn the key back one position. Without pressing the brake pedal you can shift out of park. You then can shift to neutral, start the car and get moving, at least you can move the vehicle or get it to a repair shop to replace the brake light switch and the shifter release solenoid if needed.

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