Car will not come out of Park on automatic transmission

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Asked by Oct 28, 2010 at 03:48 PM about the Ford Mustang

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Anyone experience this problem. Automatic Shifter sticks in Park and sometimes cannot get it out of park. All other gears work fine. When I step on Brake shifter should come out of park, however the lever does not release when i fully engage thumb button on shifter. The brake lights do work when I step on brakes. I do not know if I have a bad solenoid or something in the shifter is not engaging. Does anyone know how to test solenoid and where it si located? Is there anything in the stick column or handle that I should check?
I have attached a photo of the shift mechanism. When you depress the shift button, the metal tab above the white plastic piece should depress down below the detent so that it will go into other gears. It appears when I depress the button that the metal tab ony decreases about half way down not allowing it to clear the detent, thus cannot come out of park.

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Sounds like its a problem with the pin inside the shift handle. There should be a pin or some kind of mechanism that pushes down that metal tab. The pin is probualy plastic and has bent a little bit or is just worn out.

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Check see if you have any brake lightsif not maybe u have a blown fuse 15amp or a problem with your break switch on the pedal like I did

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It's probably your brake light switch located on your brake pedal arm. I thought it was the shifter on my son's 2000 mustang automatic V6. I read another post that mentioned the brake light switch. Before I spent $400 on a new shifter we tried the $10 brake light switch. Changed out by by pulling the pin - removing the plastic washer - taking the switch off and discounting the plug. Did the reverse to put it back on and it solved the problem.

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I have the same problem with my 2006 Mustang automatic. My car will not shift into drive. It will shift into other gears but not drive. I am scared the transmission is shot. Please tell me it`s transmission! :( As I just bought this car for $4500 as is. Please help!

I have the same problem with my 2006 Mustang automatic. My car will not shift into drive. It will shift into other gears but not drive. I am scared the transmission is shot. Please tell me it`s transmission! :( As I just bought this car for $4500 as is. Please help! what did you do to fix

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