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Key stuck and problems leaving park

Discussion in 'Stock 2006 -2010 Explorers' started by Kconn529, February 8, 2018.

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    1. Kconn529

      Kconn529 New Member

      February 8, 2018
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      2008 Ford Explorer V6 4wd
      Hello, I'm not sure if this is in the right spot as it's my first time posting but I need help so I'm hoping y'all have some ideas.
      I've had my '08 explorer for about a year now and this morning it just would not shift out of park. Turned the car off, checked all the doors, etc. then tried again and five minutes later it worked. Get to work and put it in park but the ignition wouldn't turn completely to off and now the keys are stuck. This is the first time the keys have gotten stuck and it wouldn't turn to the off position. It went into park just fine. Any help would be greatly appreciated as we have a large vacation coming up and if this is an expensive fix or something we can't fix, it'd cancel that so I need this to be fixed lol. Thanks in advance for any help.
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    3. swshawaii

      swshawaii Explorer Addict

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    4. 07EddyB

      07EddyB Active Member

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      For now (This is from your manual)

      Brake-shift interlock
      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 brake pedal is depressed.
      If you cannot move the gearshift lever out of P (Park) with ignition in
      the ON position and the brake pedal depressed:
      1. Apply the parking brake, turn ignition key to LOCK, then remove the
      2. Remove the rubber pad at the
      bottom of the cup holder to locate
      the access cap of the floor shifter
      3. Using a screwdriver (or
      equivalent), remove the access
      panel and depress the shifter lever
      on the shift mechanism.
      4. Apply the brake and shift into N (Neutral).
      5. Return the cover plug to the console access hole. Start the vehicle.
      If it is necessary to use the above procedure to move the gearshift lever,

      Couldn't copy the pic but it' in your front cup holder.
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