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Every year as it gets cooler I have a very difficult time shifting from park. I have to depress the brake as hard as I can to get the shifter to move. I just want to disconnect the brake interconnect if possible. Can this be done?

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Yep, just pop the cable out of the plastic clip at the shifter. Here's a pic of it disconnected:
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Are you sure it is the brake interlock? Usually when that fails, it fails completely and no matter how hard you press the brake it won't move. What is more common is the plastic inside the button wears out so when you push the button in it doesn't push the shifter lock down enough to allow it to move.
 

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check the adjustment of the brake switch on the pedal that can move not allowing power to get to the unlock sol. the power for the third brake light i think is also for the sol.
 

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I think I know what hes talking about to an extent, but I don't know how to fix it, it's almost as if it's harder to slide the shifter. Mine does it when its cold, but not to this extent, I still only have to just touch the brake to change gears.

Imagine the shifter is in a liquid, at "normal" temps, it slides fine, but when its cold it's almost as if this imaginary liquid is getting thicker making the shifter harder to slide along.


I don't know if it's related to the same problem or what the fix is, but I think that's what the OP is referring to ....I could be wrong though.
 

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I think I know what hes talking about to an extent, but I don't know how to fix it, it's almost as if it's harder to slide the shifter. Mine does it when its cold, but not to this extent, I still only have to just touch the brake to change gears.

Imagine the shifter is in a liquid, at "normal" temps, it slides fine, but when its cold it's almost as if this imaginary liquid is getting thicker making the shifter harder to slide along.


I don't know if it's related to the same problem or what the fix is, but I think that's what the OP is referring to ....I could be wrong though.
Um...

I have to depress the brake as hard as I can to get the shifter to move.
 

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What the OP is referring to, I believe, is his brake-shift interlock is going bad. It's a cable that runs from the shifter up behind the dash to the steering column and prevents the shifter from being shifted out of "Park" unless the brake pedal is depressed. I had the same exact problem on my 1997 Taurus that was equipped with a floor shift (the problem seemed to get worse as it got colder outside) and replacing the brake-shift interlock assembly completely cured the problem. It's not difficult to replace; you just need to access the shifter assembly (you might be able to do it just by removing the top panel on the console, but it would probably be easier to get at if you remove the entire console) and lower the steering column.

The only problem I envision is that the brake-shift interlock is more than likely no longer available new from Ford, but I don't know that for certain.

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I have had this problem for around 6 or 7 yrs now but only when the temp drops below maybe 60 degrees. I am just getting tired of it. If it is like 30 degrees, it is almost impossible to shift. One morning at work it was around 15 degrees and it took a while before the shifter would move. If something is wore out, it is only wore out during the cooler months; maybe the warmth heals the problem!
 

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Same issue here, but I live in Austin, so I don't worry about it too much. If it gets to be too much of an issue I'll most likely be cold and griping about tearing apart 1/2 the dash to disable that annoying feature.
 

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If I was a prophet.... I kinda knew this would happen...

It's down to the 40's in TX. It's not cold, but I had to fight with my car twice today to get it out of park.

Once I get it out of park it's fine. I think a little minor surgery is on my menu for tomorow.

*snip snip*

My starter is also falling victim to the "cold" I have to persuade the starter into working.

It's 15 years old and has done a great job, no complaints...
 

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Mine was difficult as well, it's the button though, when it's real cold i find myself bracing the shifter with my right hand and firmly "persuading" the button to depress with the palm of my left hand...haven't ever bothered to take it apart to see what could be done to resolve it, got bigger fish to fry..
 

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if it's the cable, how can it get harder in colder weather?

I also had this prob. but only 1 winter - and since then it has been normal in all other years...weird.
 

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if it's the cable, how can it get harder in colder weather?

I also had this prob. but only 1 winter - and since then it has been normal in all other years...weird.
I believe that there is usually a grease inside the cable insulation. That gets old, and the cable doesn't slide as well... I am guessing a little bit, but it is common on some speedo cables and such.
 

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Hello, I guess I should have made my issue a little more clear. The problem is not actually shifting but pressing the button on the shifter, I must use two hands to squeeze it, in fact, it is so hard to get the shift button to engage that if a thief was going to steal my car, they probably would just give up trying to get it out of park!
 

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Hello, I guess I should have made my issue a little more clear. The problem is not actually shifting but pressing the button on the shifter, I must use two hands to squeeze it, in fact, it is so hard to get the shift button to engage that if a thief was going to steal my car, they probably would just give up trying to get it out of park!
That is precisely what the brake-shift interlock does. It prevents the button from being depressed so that the shifter can't move from Park. It doesn't hold the actual shifter in the Park position.
 

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Problem solved. Removed cable as suggested. It was actually a difficult job but done. If it was not for these fourms I would be broke taking my car to the shop for all these issues.
 

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Disassemble, clean, lubricate, reassemble.

Just like the:

door latch/locks
Trunk latch
hood latch
seat tilt control
seat motor gearing/tracks
Throttle cable/linkage

All of these have 15 year old grease in them, and will rust up solid if you spray them out with wd40 and don't relube them. (BT,DT,WOTS)

(Been There, Done That, Wore Out the T-Shirt)

:)
 

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i just disconnected my cable and left it, that way i don't have to step on the brake at all. just shift and go.
 
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