I cannot get my 2002 c230 to start, the shifter will not move from park and when I turn the key nothing happens. I googled this and there were indications that the brake light switch could cause this. the test was that when moving the shift lever (I found how to manually do this) the movement should show on the instrument cluster. it did not show so I bought a new brake light switch. I watched several utube videos on changing the switch and removed the panel to access the switch. I contorted myself to get under the dashboard and see the brake pedal. I could not find a sswitch or the wires that the switch would plug into. all the wires under the dash were accounted for.

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Around 2002 they moved the brake light they moved the brake light switch from under the dashbaord to the the master cylinder.

I have to say that if the selected gear is not showing up on your instrument cluster when you MANUALLY move the shifter from P to RND, the problem is more likely your shifter module and not the brake light switch.
Also move the shifter in Neutral manually and try starting the engine.

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