Brake-shift interlock

Brake-shift interlock  - Driving - Lincoln MKZ Owners Manual - Lincoln MKZ

This vehicle is equipped with a brake-shift interlock feature that prevents the gearshift lever from being moved from P (Park) when the ignition is in the on position unless the brake pedal is pressed.

If you cannot move the gearshift lever out of P (Park) with ignition in the on position and the brake pedal pressed, it is possible that a fuse has blown or the vehicle’s brake lamps are not operating properly. Refer to Fuses and relays in the Roadside Emergencies chapter.

If the fuse is not blown and the brake lamps are working properly, the following procedure will allow you to move the gearshift lever from P (Park):

1. Apply the parking brake, turn ignition key to off, then remove the key.

1. Apply the parking brake, turn ignition key to off, then remove the key.

2. Using a screwdriver (or similar tool), remove the protective cover on the passenger side of the console to access the brake shift interlock lever.

3. Locate the brake shift interlock lever through the access hole on the shifter assembly.

4. Insert the screwdriver (or similar tool) into the access hole, press and hold brake shift interlock lever while pulling the gearshift lever out of the P (Park) position and into the N (Neutral) position.

5. Remove the tool and reinstall the protective cover.

6. Apply brake pedal, start the vehicle, and release the parking brake.

See your authorized dealer as soon as possible if this procedure is used.

WARNING: Do not drive your vehicle until you verify that the brake lamps are working.

WARNING: When doing this procedure, you will be taking the vehicle out of park which means the vehicle can roll freely. To avoid unwanted vehicle movement, always fully set the parking brake prior to doing this procedure. Use wheel chocks if appropriate

WARNING: If the parking brake is fully released, but the brake warning lamp remains illuminated, the brakes may not be working properly. See your authorized dealer.

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