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Cannot push button in on gear shift

I cannot get the button on the gear shift to push in when I want to take the car out of park. '97 Ford Escort (automatic), Any ideas of what it could be and approximate cost to fix something like this?

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  • classacts Sep 21, 2008

    thank you for your help. Okay..I know nothing about cars...is tranny short for transmission?

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Try pushing a screw driver into the hole, while breaking and pressing the shift realease button.
. There is a security feature where you have to push on the brake pedal to release the gear shift which is on the floor. I think it is due to the extremely cold weather. I can shift it into gear by pushing the button located in a hole to the right of the gear stick by using a pen or screwdriver.

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Dear sir/madam,

There is a small plug in the console forward of the shifter. Pop that out and insert a thin screw driver, you'll feel a springy resistance. Push it down and see if you can move the shifter. If the shifter will still not move, with the car on level ground, the parking brake full on, and the wheels blocked remove the shift cable from the tranny and see if you can shift the tranny with the lever. If you can, your cable is frozen. If you can't, you're looking at tranny repair.

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You need to have someone or two to push the car to get the pressure off. If you are facing downhill have them push the front end, if uphill push the back. Release parking brake first because that will keep it from moving. After pushing a few inches you should be released and can shift but be carefull you don't run anyone over (go for neutral with foot on brake) Hope this helps.

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    Legin Varghese Sep 21, 2008

    If so, the rod that unlocks the quadrant
    underneath the plastic is messed up. If this is the type of car that
    you have to step on the brake before you can shift out of park, then
    the switch at the top of the brake pedal is probably bad and it is not
    telling the electric solenoid at the base of the shifter to unlock.
    There is usually a slot next to the shift lever that lets you either
    stick a key in there or push a button to manually over-ride the lock
    mechanism. If it's column shift and the key won't turn, it could be
    that you need to try to move the steering wheel back and forth to be
    able to open the key and then take it out of park. Hope this works...



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