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Locked in "Park"

I have a 2003 LR Discovery and encountered a problem this AM that I have not had before. I was at the Starbucks drive-thru this AM, placed the LR in park and then the "fun" started. The LR would not shift out of park.....it was locked in park with 6-8 cars stacked behind me. After about 10 minutes and a few restarts of the LR I was good to go.

Any thoughts on why the LR would lock in park?
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Next time it happens, which by the way is pretty common, check and see if your brake lights are working, if they aren't, it will be a bad brake switch.
I would advise you go buy one from Rover cause it won't be long before your's won't let you out of park again.
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Break Switch?

Is this the classic break switch issue? I brought this up a few weeks ago and never heard anything. The break switch performs a number of functions

Trigers break lights
Toggles shift lock for getting the car out of park
Turn off shift lock function when car is in drive grears.

Not sure, I'd like to know if this is a common problem so I can go buy a spare switch if I need to. I just got a 25 cupon for a new part at LR. I need to use it.
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Is this the classic break switch issue? I brought this up a few weeks ago and never heard anything. The break switch performs a number of functions

Trigers break lights
Toggles shift lock for getting the car out of park
Turn off shift lock function when car is in drive grears.

Not sure, I'd like to know if this is a common problem so I can go buy a spare switch if I need to. I just got a 25 cupon for a new part at LR. I need to use it.
Why don't you buy about 10 of them and we can all benefit form the discount....

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I checked the brake lights and they are working. Is it still the brake switch?
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I checked the brake lights and they are working. Is it still the brake switch?
When you apply the brake, do you hear a click near the brake pedal?

What about when you press the switch on the side of the gear selector???

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You can only test the brake lights when you can't shift, otherwise they will most likely be working.
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I have a 2003 LR Discovery and encountered a problem this AM that I have not had before. I was at the Starbucks drive-thru this AM, placed the LR in park and then the "fun" started. The LR would not shift out of park.....it was locked in park with 6-8 cars stacked behind me. After about 10 minutes and a few restarts of the LR I was good to go.

Any thoughts on why the LR would lock in park?
Sorry, but I just realized this when I read the first thread agian...

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I have a 2003 LR Discovery ... I was at the Starbucks drive-thru this AM...
Can this get anymore Soccer Mom or Yuppy ... No offense , especially since I have an '03 Disco., but this is funny...

'03 Discovery HSE7 w/ACE and SLS...
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Where does this brake switch go? (if it's a dumb question, sorry).
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Where does this brake switch go? (if it's a dumb question, sorry).
Somewhere behind the brake pedal. Need someone else to confirm and provide direction. I ordered a "switch brake light" from the link provided above. $18.95 + shipping.
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Where does this brake switch go? (if it's a dumb question, sorry).
If you stick you head far underneath the driver side dash above the brake pedal, you'll see a 3-wire harness the is plugged into this plastic housing - that's the brake switch.. you may need a flashlight to see since it's pretty dark...

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Sorry, but I just realized this when I read the first thread agian...



Can this get anymore Soccer Mom or Yuppy ... No offense , especially since I have an '03 Disco., but this is funny...
Did you get a going out of Business Special?
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If you stick you head far underneath the driver side dash above the brake pedal, you'll see a 3-wire harness the is plugged into this plastic housing - that's the brake switch.. you may need a flashlight to see since it's pretty dark...
OK I received the switch brake light today. I can't see ithe 3 wire harness from underneath the dash. Can it be accessed from the front by opening up the panel where the fuses are located?
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Dont think.

Don't think so. Look at the switch, that button is depressed by the pedel itself, hope that helps.
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