my shifter will not allow me to shift out of park

Asked by Dec 21, 2013 at 06:40 PM about the 1999 Ford Contour 4 Dr SE Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

after starting car and pressing brake pedal my button will not depress to allow me to shift out of park

1 Answer

335

I'm not an expert for any car but that sounds like either a failed or loose brake pedal switch, which is located behind the brake pedal. It should be a small rectangular block with a button that is depressed when you hit the brakes. There should be two nuts you can loosen and adjust so that the brake pedal will fully depress the button when you hit the brakes. Before you try to adjust anything, try to depress the button by hand. If you can't, replace the switch (pretty easy). If you can depress the button, do that by hand and try to start the car. If it does not turn over, replace the switch. If the switch is bad, the brake lights won't work either. If the car does start and the brake lights come on when you manually depress the brake switch, then you need to adjust the switch so that the brake pedal fully depresses the button when you hit the brakes.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Search Ford Contour Questions

Ford Contour Experts

#1 tropikalpirate
tropikalpirate
Reputation 650
#2 David Koppa
David Koppa
Reputation 340
#3 Kidd1214
Kidd1214
Reputation 300
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Nissan Maxima
333 Great Deals out of 24,099 listings starting at $1,999
Used Toyota Camry
1,224 Great Deals out of 82,701 listings starting at $750
Used Ford Taurus
282 Great Deals out of 18,747 listings starting at $1,499
Used Nissan Altima
1,281 Great Deals out of 74,432 listings starting at $1,000
Used Honda Accord
1,052 Great Deals out of 66,932 listings starting at $1,000
Used Chevrolet Malibu
1,100 Great Deals out of 79,818 listings starting at $2,500
Used Ford Focus
823 Great Deals out of 54,175 listings starting at $1,200
Used Buick Regal
173 Great Deals out of 10,527 listings starting at $4,000
Used Ford Escort
328 listings
Used Volkswagen Jetta
550 Great Deals out of 43,842 listings starting at $800
Used Hyundai Sonata
871 Great Deals out of 47,738 listings starting at $1,195
Used Honda Civic
831 Great Deals out of 83,701 listings starting at $750

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.