Shift Lever Stuck in Park

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Asked by Sep 12, 2014 at 03:47 AM about the 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis LS

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

The shift lever of my 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis gets stuck in Park and won't start.  I have to change key position to 1 stop from completely off and then can move shift lever to Neutral where I can start it.

Any suggestions?

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1,615

Other people have answered this. Happened to me twice. Broken wire going to the stoplight switch under the collumn. bad switch would to it also. The switch is cheap and easy to replace, the wires are too stiff and break off. If the wire's broken, just crimp a new spade terminal on it, with a length of flexable wire added.

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Thank you, Trippmeister. We successfully fixed the issue by: 1. Installing a new "brake light actuator switch" which is at the "union" of the brake peddle and the master cylinder 2. Installing a new 15A fuse in the appropriate location (it appears that the switch going bad also blew the fuse) Total cost: $10 (and an aching back getting under there!).

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1,615

Yep, aching back :) Mine broke right after going to Esalen in Big Sur with my Wife. No tow trucks down there, but it broke in my garage the next day. Good Ol' Mercury.

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That what going on with mine

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2005 mercury Marquis won't shit out of park got break lights what shall I do to get it in gear IAM stuck at work

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1,615

If you've got brake lights, it must not be the brake switch, strange, because that's what it usually is, or a broken wire going to it. I guest it would have to be some shift interlock solonoid, not sure where it is, must be in column. I'd still look at those wires going to the brake light switch.

I have same issue. A pin and some kind of small block of medal the pin seems to go in fell out into floor. First time it happened was the switch. This is second time and obviously more serious this time.

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