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Old 09-03-2007, 07:23 AM
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1999 Ford taurus wagon, brake pedal sensor........

My in laws Taurus has a problem with the brake pedal sensor. When they push the brake to shift to or out of park, it will sometimes give them a hard time. I got in and checked position of the sensor this morning, shifted through the gears a minute, and got back under the dash to check it out. I had no problems with it, exept the sensor got really warm, almost too warm. Should that sensor get hot?

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need to add

That would a brake light switch.
Thought I had a pic of it somewhere (I do---just can't find it just yet)
If that thing goes out--chances are you have no brake lights.
I just went thru this on my 97 T-bird
To get around this when it completely fails>>>>

Turn the key just past the "lock" poition-----before the run position
Put car in "Neutral"
Start car.

Get that fixed ASAP-----No brake lights are not a good thing.


Also check for a broken wire near the switch connector (my experience)
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The Taurus also has a "Shift Lock Actuator" connected to the bottom of the steering column. It receives a signal from the brake light switch through a red wire with a light green tracer. There are 2 other wires on the actuator, one gray with a yellow tracer from fuse #5 in the fuse panel under the dash, and a black ground wire. If that's getting hot you probably need an actuator. On the other hand, usually electrical devices, the switch or the actuator, get too hot because there is too much current flowing through them. Did someone replace a 10 amp fuse that kept blowing with a 30 amp fuse? In any case, I agree with the previous reply and get it fixed asap before you have a fire under the dash.
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There is a Ford recall on this exact problem. Take it to a dealer and get it fixed for free.

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