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The Automatic Shifter is stuck...

I did a really bad thing...I used some jumper cables on my car that the casing was cracked from the heat and some of the wires where exposed.
Well the wires touched when I went to jump my 2003 Ford Focus ZTS and the car completely shut down. So I bought a new battery and the car starts fine now but automatic shift control knob is stuck, the button wont go in to let me shift out of park. I asked what the problem might be but all I was told was that I need to replace the Interlocking Shift Fuse, is this correct? and if so where at do I pull out the old one and does it cost a lot to replace?
Also, I was told that the problem might be a reset, and is there a reset button somewhere in the car for me to do this with?

Thanks for all your help...P.S. all the other things in the car work and none of the warning lights in the dash are on.

Erine Hamm

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    i have a 2003 ford focus that wont shift out of park toany gear with out the override being set



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While sitting in the car, in front of your left knee, there is a removable panel. That removable panel covers the fuse block. take a small pair of needle nose pliers or a fuse puller and check the fuses. The inside of the removable panel will show what fuse is for what circuit. If you can't determine which fuse it is check all of them. Yes, the information you received was correct and it should not cost alot to replace the bad fuse. There are also fuses that are in the long black box to the right of your brake fluid container (while facing the front of the car) under the hood. go to the drivers side of the car while the hood is open and there is a latch for that long black box. once you get it open, it has both fuses and relays in it. Inside the top of the box is a diagram that tells what fuse controls what circuit.

Good luck

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My 2001 PT Cruiser automatic transmission Is stuck in park. The gear shifter moves freely. Is there a lever or cable loose or broke?

It's your shift cable. Happens all the time. More than likely it broke the last time you put it in park. We've replaced two ourselves. You can get them from O'Reilly Auto for about 65 bucks. They can be a pain in the keister to put in. You have to pull the console cover and we literally had to pull the seats to get it to come out. I routes behind the heat shield on the converter and up. We actually shifted it from under the hood all last winter. It slips on the tranny just under the battery.

Have someone shift it from inside and feel underneath the battery to see if the cable is actually moving.

Be careful pulling it off the console if you do it yourself. Its only seated in plastic. That part has the tendency to break also. So there is a chance that it broke there instead of the cable being bad.

So... First. Take the console off and see if everything is intact there. If the shifter is moving freely and feels very "loose" , more than likely, that plastic piece has also broken.

You'll see in the picture the location. If that's the case you have to replace the entire "white" piece of plastic that anchors to the body of the car. You can see it in the picture here. That comes off fairly easy.

Check for cuts in the cable there also.

It's not as difficult as it seems unless the cable needs to be replaced also. You can find on youtube the way to do it or get directions online. Also you can get a repair manual for 20 bucks from NAPA that will show you step by step how to do it. I actually got one for free from the local library. You can check them out.


Good luck with your PT. They are a great car - they just need some TLC now and than.

The only other thing that may have happened (slim chance) is that the cable came off the transmission. This RARELY happens. It is almost always the cable and/or the plastic base underneath the shifter.

Nov 09, 2014 | 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser

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Will not start

is this this s DIY question or ? just a request for wild guessing.
Ill assume its a real DIY. ? do tell.
what is a jumper box to house. ?????????????????
first off, you need to say,
it cranks robustly but does not start or not.
does it crank? if yes, why buy a starter?
no car starts unless cranked. (mine push starts and gravity starts)
but I bet yours is a A/T tranny , automatic.?
so does it crank.?
lets pretend, it cranks perfectly.
and really is a no start (confusing your replacing a starter )
this jeep , like most from 1993 have the ASD relay.
THE ASD relay must close to start the engine.
The ASD relay must close, and if spark , and up to 7 other things
are good, then it will stay closed, if not it drops out. KILLING starts.
that is what it does, so watch the ASD while cranking, what does it do>???????????

now I will do NO CRANK.
and the funny house box thing, (a battery charger? or what i cant guess)
no cranks are caused.
By bad shifter, switch.
this is called the key line.
so i hot wire the starter solenoid, (remove tiny wire first to it)
ask how to do this.... its not hard. (mostly but some cars have shields making it harder today)
and it dont crank ! NOW? , then bad battery,starter bad, cables or seized engine. (turn engine by hand ,ok? to spin? by hand?)
and it does crank. then bad key line is reason.
easy huh? just one hot wire step and bam, problem cut in half.
i then try to crank in neutral, bam it cranks. and starts.
bad PRNLD switch.
or i just wiggle the shifter, bam, it cranks
or i wiggle the key switch funny in crank position and bam it cranks
bad key switch.

last, pretend the starter fails the hot wire above.
i hit it with a hammer, bam it cranks now.

we can do all that with a voltmeter easy,

see hot to solve no cranks on most cars.

other simular failures.
battery dies after parked.?
charge light (dash) on , driving? or idling, bingo, dead battery.

one more , car cranks but will not start for longer than 2 seconds
ASD action
but you failed to notice the Immobilizer lamp glowing wrongly.

my last answer. the funny house thing is a battery charger
and if you leave it charging long enough car cranks.
if yes, then the battery is DEAD and is DISCHARGED.
it discharged because you or something is left running, in car.
see phantom drains here.
the reason the car jump failed is you didnt give it enough time.
a very bad car battery can swamp the donor cars power source.
(and easy with cheap jumper cables.)
here is what you did wrong.

car is rested, it wont crank
you open the hood.
and check the batteryvoltage with a volt meter.
it reads 12.6vdc rested. good, it should crank ok, (but my not)
or it reads 12v, its discharged, so charge it to 12.6v and try again.

  1. won't crank?
  2. battery discharges overnight.?
  3. won't start but cranks ok.?
  4. charge light stuck on.? running.?


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Forks are bent and it is stuck in 4 wheel drive

forks, you looked inside the transfer case>?
my guess is your forks statement is pure guessing.
the cause can only be 3 things.
1: operator error (RTM)
2: bad shifter mechanism. (from hand to dog rings
3: bad transfer case.

op error, not using clutch to disengage.
or not on flat ground and there is down hill force locking the dogs
in the box.
so are you in main box (A/T or m/T ) and you depress the
clutch (if in fact you have one) and it will not shift from 4wd.
is it stuck in high range or low? 4L or 4H
if the linkage is ok and all above
then the internal shifter box, is misaligned,
a: fork rails jammed.
b: forks bad,
d:; forks heat welded to dog rings (gross overheated)
e: bad splines on dog rings.
f: ok, you get the point, bad xfr case.

part 26 and 28 are what the forks move, i call the dog rings.
if they are siezed , its locked.
dogs are side teeth on the rings that lock in gears using said dogs.
see large red arrow H/L pointing to 1 dog set.

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