Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: The tail lights went out.replaced the fuse and since then all lights came on dashboard and now the car wont move out of park

asked by on

The tail lights .replaced the fuse and since then all lights came on the dashboard including abs and now the car wont move out of park

A: Hello. From what you describe, it would app...

Hello. From what you describe, it would appear that your vehicle has suffered some sort of serious electrical failure. It may be possible that the brake light switch has malfunctioned and is causing your vehicle issues.

Aside from operating the brake lights, the brake light switch also lets the vehicle know that the brakes are being applied so that the car can be safely started and shifted. If the pedal is not being stepped on, or the switch is faulty, the vehicle will not be able to shift out of park. Similar symptoms can also be caused by a faulty ignition switch, or a bad key, if the vehicle uses a transponder type key. If you want to have this done, a certified technician from YourMechanic can come to your car's location to inspect the light problem and have this taken care of.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: How do I select from an iPod?

When you are playing your iPod through the audio system, you can use many of the audio controls to control the iPod. Here’s how to use the audio system to fully control the iPod: 1. Press the Setup button to...

Q: The car will start but does not move in drive or reverse, makes humming noise.

Hi there. First check the brake system and see if the brakes are stuck on. If the brakes are not stuck on, then the transmission may have low fluid. Check the transmission fluid level and see if its full and...

Q: Why doesn't car start after running out of gas girlfriend ran gas out of car now won't start plenty of gas in tank doesn't sound l

Fuel pumps rely on liquid gasoline for cooling. Consequently, it is recommended to keep the fuel tank at least 1/4 full to prevent the fuel pump from overheating. If the pump is run to the point of being dry, the...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.