Starts will nt come out of park. Brake lights are out


Asked by Apr 05, 2014 at 08:29 AM about the 2002 Ford Explorer XLT 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Truck starts will nt shift.

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Standard or automatic transmission?

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brake lights are not working also

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automatic transmission

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The switch on your brake pedal may be bad. But first check your fuses and relays. There is usually a solenoid that goes bad. It's the neutral park safety switch. Not sure, but you may need brake power to over ride the solenoid in order to get it in gear. If you get the brakes to work, you may solve the gear issue. Try putting the key on to the first position, see if you can shift it into neutral. If so, you should be able to start the vehicle so you can get it to the shop to replace the shift solenoid.

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The solenoid, were is that located, is it in fuse box?

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Try this: Brake-shift interlock This vehicle is equipped with a brake-shift interlock feature that prevents the gearshift lever from being moved from P (Park) when the ignition is in the ON position unless brake pedal is depressed. If you cannot move the gearshift lever out of P (Park) with ignition in the ON position and the brake pedal depressed: 1. Apply the parking brake, turn ignition key to LOCK, then remove the key. 2. Locate the access cover plate to the brake-shift interlock override. It is located on the underside of the steering column. 3. Rotate the access panel (counterclockwise) with a flat head screw driver until it is lined up to the access hole in the open position. 4. Insert a tool (or screw driver) into the access hole to override the brake-shift interlock. Apply the brake and shift into Neutral. 5. Return the cover plate (rotate clockwise) to the closed position. Start the vehicle. If it is necessary to use the above procedure to move the gearshift lever, it is possible that a fuse has blown or the vehicle’s brakelamps are not operating properly. Refer to Fuses and relays in the Roadside emergencies chapter.

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In furtherance of Reelin68 comment, the same thing will happen if the battery goes dead and you're nosed into a parking position. It will not come out of park. You may need two sets of cables for a jump, or at least to supply enough power to the battery so you can shift it out of park.

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Turtle Dee

Fuse #9 in the DS interior fuse box - 2003 sport trac - wouldn't shift out of park after attempting to replace 4x4 module (with what turned out to be an incorrect part #) - Same symptoms as above... I replaced 7.5 (power train) fuse... Back to normal... Normal shifting anyway, I still have to get the right module and do it again... 8]

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Lou De Martino

Check fuse 23 and 26, I had 26 blown and replaced it and everything is good.


My 2002 Ford Explorer will shift into gears on the shifter but wont move like all gears are stuck it starts up and I have no check engine light....


I changed out the filter and trans fluid


If you can't see any obvious problems with the linkage, then It's most likely that your transmission has failed. Those trannys are sealed transmissions and you may have waited too long to change out the oil, or it may have been low for quite some time. Those transmissions are notorious for failure. Here's an article about the issue: The Ford Explorer has a huge problem with transmission failure, mostly from the early 2000s -- especially the 2002–2004 Ford Explorer. Transmission problems in Ford Explorers are one of the most commonly complained about issues of any car on the road. One dealer even claims that 1 out of every 10 Explorer's from the early 2000 model years will have transmission failure at some point. What signs can you look for when it comes to transmission failure with the 2002 Ford Explorer? A common first time symptom is the blinking O/D light and noise, such as rattling or clanking, while shifting gears. If you are experiencing any of these transmission problems (trouble shifting, noises, O/D light is on), please get a service immediately. Transmission problems only worsen with time. Sometimes, if the problem is not too severe, you can avoid a complete overhaul, but if you wait too long it may be your only option. 2002 Ford Explorer Transmission Problems * Difficulty shifting gears * Difficulty shifting into park * Shifts into gear, but won't go * Makes a winding down noise when stopping * Slips into neutral when stop * Gears slipping * Transmission fluid leaking * Transmission Hesitates * Loses gears * Difficulty shifting from park into reverse * Rattling noise from transmission * Won't shift into 3rd gear * transmission slips when shifting and clunks * O/D light is blinking * clunking sound Possible Solution to Transmission Problem Symptoms as listed above: Some transmission repair shops will recommend replacing the solenoid pack. Solenoid pack will only repair certain conditions, such as delayed, harsh shifting into reverse and harsh shift from 1st to 2nd gear, and / or 740 torque converter code. Although, a 740 code torque converter clutch can also be attributed to a hydraulic cross leak or or worn valves in the valve body, or a bad torque converter. Also, shift codes can be attributed from worn servo bores in the case. In that instance, this would call for the case to be fitted with new sleeves to repair the worn servo bores. This would be done in a complete transmission rebuild process. To determine the exact solution for your transmission problem, you vehicle needs to be tested. A service shop can properly scan your vehicle and do a hydraulic pressure test. This hydraulic pressure test will determine if you have an electrical, hydraulic or mechanical problem. Transmission Trouble Codes with the 2002 Ford Explorer: DTC Codes - P0700-P0899 - Transmission P0700 Transmission Control System Malfunction P0701 Transmission Control System Range/Performance P0702 Transmission Control System Electrical P0703 Torque Converter/Brake Switch B Circuit Malfunction P0704 Clutch Switch Input Circuit Malfunction P0705 Transmission Range Sensor Circuit malfunction (PRNDL Input) P0706 Transmission Range Sensor Circuit Range/Performance P0707 Transmission Range Sensor Circuit Low Input P0708 Transmission Range Sensor Circuit High Input P0709 Transmission Range Sensor Circuit Intermittent P0710 Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Malfunction P0711 Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Range/Performance P0712 Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Low Input P0713 Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit High Input P0714 Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Intermittent P0715 Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit Malfunction P0716 Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit Range/Performance P0717 Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal P0718 Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit Intermittent P0719 Torque Converter/Brake Switch B Circuit Low P0720 Output Speed Sensor Circuit Malfunction P0721 Output Speed Sensor Range/Performance P0722 Output Speed Sensor No Signal P0723 Output Speed Sensor Intermittent P0724 Torque Converter/Brake Switch B Circuit High P0725 Engine Speed input Circuit Malfunction P0726 Engine Speed Input Circuit Range/Performance P0727 Engine Speed Input Circuit No Signal P0728 Engine Speed Input Circuit Intermittent P0730 Incorrect Gear Ratio P0731 Gear I Incorrect ratio P0732 Gear 2 Incorrect ratio P0733 Gear 3 Incorrect ratio P0734 Gear 4 Incorrect ratio P0735 Gear 5 Incorrect ratio P0736 Reverse incorrect gear ratio P0740 Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Malfunction P0741 Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Performance or Stuck Off P0742 Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Stock On P0743 Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Electrical P0744 Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Intermittent P0745 Pressure Control Solenoid Malfunction P0746 Pressure Control Solenoid Performance or Stuck Off P0747 Pressure Control Solenoid Stuck On P0748 Pressure Control Solenoid Electrical P0749 Pressure Control Solenoid Intermittent P0750 Shift Solenoid A Malfunction P0751 Shift Solenoid A Performance or Stuck Off P0752 Shift Solenoid A Stuck On P0753 Shift Solenoid A Electrical P0754 Shift Solenoid A Intermittent P0755 Shift Solenoid B Malfunction P0756 Shift Solenoid B Performance or Stock Off P0757 Shift Solenoid B Stuck On P0758 Shift Solenoid B Electrical P0759 Shift Solenoid B Intermittent P0760 Shift Solenoid C Malfunction P0761 Shift Solenoid C Performance or Stuck Off P0762 Shift Solenoid C Stuck On P0763 Shift Solenoid C Electrical P0764 Shift Solenoid C Intermittent P0765 Shift Solenoid D Malfunction P0766 Shift Solenoid D Performance or Stuck Off P0767 Shift Solenoid D Stuck On P0768 Shift Solenoid D Electrical P0769 Shift Solenoid D Intermittent P0770 Shift Solenoid E Malfunction P0771 Shift Solenoid E Performance or Stuck Off P0772 Shift Solenoid E Stuck On P0773 Shift Solenoid E Electrical P0774 Shift Solenoid E Intermittent P0780 Shift Malfunction P0781 1-2 Shift Malfunction P0782 2-3 Shift Malfunction P0783 3-4 Shift Malfunction P0784 4-5 Shift Malfunction P0785 Shift/Timing Solenoid Malfunction P0786 Shift/Timing Solenoid Range/Performance P0787 Shift/Timing Solenoid Low P0788 Shift/Timing Solenoid High P0789 Shift/Timing Solenoid Intermittent P0790 Normal/Performance Switch Circuit Malfunction P0801 Reverse Inhibit Control Circuit Malfunction P0803 1-4 Upshift (Skip Shift) Solenoid Control Circuit Malfunction P0804 1-4 Upshift (Skip Shift) Lamp Control Circuit Malfunction

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