Need help with the brakes...

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  1. dtp-sho

    dtp-sho New Member

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    Here's my problem.

    I recently put all new fuses in my car...after losing powerseats and door locks.
    And now not only do i still not have power seats and door locks but now i can not put my car in gear!! :madflame:

    I need some input on this problem. I am not familiar with the brake systm but i know there's some type of switch/sensor that makes your brakes functional.

    I would like to know if you guys know what the problem is and how i can fix it and tell me what it takes to fix it.

    I would appreciate it if someone can even give me a step-by-step procedure on how to fix my problem.

    Thanks guys.
     
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    My guess on not being able to put it in gear:...

    With an ATX, you have to press the brake pedal to get it out of park. THere is a switch that senses that down by the pedals. I would assume that circuit is also on a fuse, so you might have disturbed the fuse and now it won't let it come out of park.

    Do you have brake lights?

    - Mike
     
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    No. The brake lights do not come on.
     
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    Electrical problems are a true pain. Add that you probably have some corrosion issues being in FL, and it makes it worse. The reason your brake lights do not come on, is the same reason you cannot shift out of Park.

    First, I would recheck and lcean all the terminals you messed with when you changed the fuses. You can go to the auto parts store and get dielectric grase or "bulb grease". After you clean the terminals, you can put a little bit on the contacts if the fuse, and it will help keep out moisture and corrosion.

    If after you recheck all your fuses, you still have not power, then start checking the circuits with a Volt meter and see where the power is dropping out. If you get power, but no brake lights, you can start tracing the brake light switch that attaches to the brake pedal. Those switches do go bad, s it could be that, but it sounded like a bigger problem.

    It is really tough to diagnose because I am about 4000 miles away and have way to little info. If you give me more info, I will do my best to help.

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    I changed the switch on the brake pedal....and still my brake lights don't turn on and i can't put my car in gear.

    My shifter seems to be quite stiff.

    I checked all power and i'm gettin power to everything.

    If more info is needed tell what info you need.
     
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    There is an electrical interlock on the shifter. If the brake pedal (brake lights) is not on, the shifter will not release the lock to let you out of Park.

    Since you are not getting brake lights, you are still not getting power for some reason.

    If you have a test light or volt meter, can you check to see if you are getting power at the brake switch (on the brake pedal)? I looked at the wiring diagram, and it looks like the power comes from fuse 1 (15a hot all the time) and goes to the brake switch. From the brake switch it goes to the shift interlock. There is not much in between.

    Check your e-mail and call me if you want to talk it through.

    - Mike
     
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    After tesing fuse 15 A it checked out to work fine. I changed it anyway and now i can put my car in gear and i have brake lights.

    I was wondering if you know what fuses the power seats and power locks work on, and if there is anything in common beetween the 2.

    Appreciate the help.
     
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    Power locks have two fuses 1) Fuse #6 (15a) inside the car, and 2) a big 40A fuse in the engine compartment (on the firewall up by the driver strut tower).

    The power seats look like they also have a 40A fuse in the engine compartment fuse block. It might be the same, but I don't have my SHO handy to check.

    It really sounds like you have a bad contact/corrosion problem. The fuses are good, but the contacts are bad. It could be from salt and humidity. The dielectric or bulb grease on the fuse contacts will help prevent this. Just don't use too much.

    Good luck.

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    Hey....my seats and locks work again!!! :hump:

    Thanks for everything and i'll keep in touch.
     

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