My 2002 ford escape battery failed. After trying to start the car and failing, I attempted to shift the car into gear with the key in the ignition. It would not shift into gear at all. Is this a problem that can be fixed by charging the car battery and restarting? Is this a problem with the anti-theft device?
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Re: 2002 Ford Escape will not shift into drive
This is the shift lock...you will need battery to release it electrically but there is an over ride by the shifter..either a button to push or a place to put your ignition key. This will release the shifter
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Sensors don't misfire. Engine cylinders misfire. The most common cause of the misfre would be spark plugs and/or ignition coils on your vehicle. I have seen the igniion coils on Fords spike the computer and cause all kinds of problems including transmission codes. You should look into the misfire codes and repair them first before attempting to address any other codes.
If the battery is dead, the shift interlock solenoid will not disengage the gear shift mechanism. You have to have sufficient current through the brake switch to disengage the interlock. Charging or replacing the battery should do it. Hope this helps