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My 1997 Lincoln Mark 8 will not shift into gear.

My 1997 Lincoln Mark 8, would not shift from park to drive. I stopped the car where I was going, and the next time I started it, the transmission was locked. I called my son, and he told me, that I may have a problem with my brake lights. Sure enough, they do not come on, either the tail lights, or the large brake light in the rear. Is it a fuze, or do I need to replace the brake light switch? The computer tells me everything is ok, including the brake lights, if they are used. I was fortunate to finally have the shifter move from park, but I could have been stranded. Can you help?

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It may be a shifter linkage issue. There is an interlock to prevent the car from bouncing out of park into reverse and if the linkage is not correctly adjusted, then it locks up.

Posted on Apr 20, 2017

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SOURCE: safety switch on shifter wont release to go into gear

how many miles on vehicle?

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SOURCE: 2002 Lincoln LS V8, gear shift shows E, check transmission light

sounds like tranny computer is bad take it to a grage and have a computer put on it cost about $50.00 to do this

Posted on Feb 23, 2009

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SOURCE: 1989 lincoln mark vll automatic transmission

you may have damaged the overdrive gear, a local transmission shop would be your best bet. for good troubleshoting and estimate.

Posted on Mar 09, 2009

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SOURCE: unable to shift from park, no brake lights

not a fuse its the conection on your brake switch thats conected to your brake peddle or its just bad. mine had a bad conection

Posted on May 07, 2009

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SOURCE: Park/Tail lights not working. Brake/signals are

Before going ahead and spending money on a new module, test it first. The module is located under the steering column. You'll find a Brown wire on one of the connectors (i just looked at a wire diagram). Do no disconnect anything. Back probe the brown wire, which is the power feed to your park lights. With the lights off, there should be 0 volts on you voltmeter. Turn the park lamps on, There should be 12V. If there is not 12V, disconnect the connector and try to check voltage at the pin that feeds to the brown wire, if still not 12V, replace the module. If you do get 12V, then module is ok, find where the 12v is being dropped before making it to the lamps.

Posted on Aug 09, 2009

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