Can't get the transmission out of Park...

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Old 09-28-07, 04:35 PM
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Can't get the transmission out of Park...

I have a 2002 Honda Accord. I got in, started the car, and I can't shift out of park. I figure it has something to do with the sensor on the brake pedal, so I check the brake lights. I have none. I now know that it must be a fuse, but I can't find the fuse for the brake lights! Any idea where it would be? The manual shows three fuse panels (2 interior, 1 under hood) and none list anything to do with taillights. Also, I pulled all the fuses to make sure, and none were bad.

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Old 09-28-07, 07:27 PM
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A brake light fuse will have nothing to do with your car not getting out of park.

It is the brake switch under then pedal. This switch also unlocks the shifter.
 
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My thinking is that the brake switch and the lights are on the same circuit, and neither work, so the fuse must be bad. Is that wrong?
 
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Pull out all the fuses and inspect. Some park interlock systems are cable activated, some are electrical.
 
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Looks like you are right. I pulled all the fuses I can find and none are bad. I can't even find a fuse labeled tail lights in my manual.

Can the brake switch be adjusted, or are they normally just replaced?
 
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Did you check the fuses in the engine bay as well? Sometimes there are some there as well.

Normally the whole brake switch is replaced.
 
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