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Old 10-19-2015, 07:11 AM   #1
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Could not shift out of park

Had an experience on returning from a recent trip with our 2014 E450 class
C. Pulled into a CG and shut the engine off and went into register. Returning, started the engine and could not get selector out of PARK. The owner said he would look at it and see if he could do anything. After confirming that the foot brake was applied prior to trying, he told me to call the 800# for Ford and to read the manual. It was late at night so he let me hook up W/E right in front of office. After a couple hours of sleep, I got the manual out and there was actually a section [ if you can not get shifter out of Park]. After trouble shooting I found a blown fuse, but did not have one the physical size to replace. THE ONES USED ARE CALLED LOW PROFILE, so I switched one from something else and was able to get it out of Park. On the way, I stopped and bought fuses of various amps, to have spares but never replaced the one until I got home. I found no explanation or cause for it to happen and everything is still OK. I mentioned it to the dealer and they had no answer either, but I plan to talk to Ford about it. The fuse was a brake light fuse, SO A HEADS UP TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SOME SPARE LOW PROFILE FUSES FOR THIS OR ANY OTHER PROBLEMS AND CARRY A METER WITH YOU TO TROUBLE SHOOT ELECTRIC PROBLEMS. I was not towing so that part was eliminated. The only thing out of the ordinary was a pot hole that I hit, possibly jarring something.

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Old 10-19-2015, 08:17 AM   #2
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Nice to know info. Thanks for the heads up.

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Old 10-19-2015, 12:55 PM   #3
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A quick fix is to turn the ignition key one click to the accessory position and shift into neutral Then start the engine and you can put it into drive from there. Your brake light stop switch is probably shorted out. Check the switch connected to your brake pedal under the dash. Also look at the wires coming from the switch and check for any chafing of exposed copper wiring.

As for the fuses I don't know why they had to reinvent the wheel with those things. My cigarette light fuse was blown. Finally got the fuse after the 3rd store I went to. but it turns out I bought the taller fuse and had to go back to pick up the low profile one. FYI the taller fuse will work as a temp fix, you just can close the fuse box.
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Old 10-19-2015, 03:23 PM   #4
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Thanks, noted and filed away in the old memory bank and hope I can remember it someday file!

I agree on the lack of any method in the madness of all the different fuse sizes.
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Old 10-19-2015, 04:28 PM   #5
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I'm sure that somewhere in China, there is a factory owner who is thrilled that the stupid Americans have to buy two different size fuses!
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