Q: I changed the battery in my ford explorer 2013 and the lights and radio work but it won't start. It says to push the brake but it won't work.

asked by on December 27, 2016

I changed the battery. I went to try to start it and the lights and radio came on. There were warnings coming up which the book said would happen. The car is a button start. I pushed in the break to start it and pushed the button. Nothing happened. A sign came up to push the break. I push it but nothing happens. It is like it does not recognize me pushing the break. The break is harder than usual also. What do I need to do? 2013 ford explorer.

My car has 64000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there. Check to see if the battery cables are tight. If the cables are tight, then check the brake switch on the brake pedal. It may not be responding to the computer as it could be damaged or shorted. Check the fuse box for any blown fuses and see if there is any burnt wires leading up to the brake switch. The computer has detected that the brake switch is not working and when you step on the brake pedal to start the engine, the message on the dash should go away but its not. If you need further assistance with getting your engine to start, then seek out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

I have a 2010 Buick Enclave cxl and the engine light when on a week ago on Monday I took it to auto zone and they gave me a code f

Most emission codes will not result in a no crank condition. Once the cause of the no crank/no start fault is repaired though, you should still request a check engine light diagnostic so that the responding certified mechanic can find...

Negative terminal not tightening

If this is the case, replacement terminals are available. The terminal being clean and tight is important. A loose terminal can cause intermittent no start conditions, low battery voltage conditions and can overheat the ground wire. A certified technician can...

i am going out of town for two weeks what should i do about my car battery

Hello, thank you for writing in. Your vehicle should be fine for 2 weeks. If you think there is going to be an issue, you can disconnect the battery cables so the vehicle cannot drain it. This may reset some...

Related articles

The Best Used Cars to Buy If You Just Had a Baby
Having Having a baby will completely change your life. Your activities and hobbies will change. Your sleeping patterns will change. Chances are good that you’ll also be looking for a change in vehicles. You need to ensure that your car...
2012 Toyota RAV4 vs. 2012 Ford Escape: Which One Should I Buy?
SUVs (Sports Utility Vehicles) are a fun class of vehicle to drive – with their generally excellent handling on the road, their quick acceleration, and the ability to move a fair number of people while still looking pretty cool, they...
A Buyer’s Guide to the 2013 Infiniti JX35
Designed Designed for those who need plenty of seating capacity but don’t want to drive a minivan, the 2013 Infiniti JX35 hits the mark for luxury vehicles in its class. With innovations that chosen for their convenience and safety, this...