Removed wood cover around shift. Can release with screwdriver and pushing on pin on left side. Release servo burnt out. Want to disable the lock. Can I break off the molded plastic locking piece or other ideas.
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There's an electric solenoid that locks the gear selector. It is controlled by the vehicle computer. The vehicle computer checks to see that you're good to go (engine running) before releasing the gear shift solenoid. I had the vehicle computer go bad on me one day and the vehicle gear selector was locked in park. Towed my XK8 to a Jaguar dealer, a recycled vehicle computer installed, and solenoid release worked again for my car.
Are you able to turn the steering wheel any? It may only turn a little, but that should be enough. Try turning the steering wheel to the left and holding it there tightly while turning your ignition key. If it doesn't work, try turning the steering wheel to the right and holding it there tightly while turning the ignition key. If that doesn't work, try wiggling the steering wheel by turning it back and forth while trying to turn the ignition key. If it still doesn't allow the key to turn, try activating the shift lock release and shifting the car into neutral. Do this by prying open the small square plastic cover next to the shift lever. With the cover removed, apply the brake with your foot and insert a small screwdriver or bic pen into the hole. Push down and move the shift lever to neutral while holding the shift release down. Remove the pen/screwdriver and replace cover. Now try turning the ignition switch. That should work, but if it doesn't let me know and we'll go from there.
Detach the heater core hoses at the firewall. The two black hoses attach near the firewall on the passenger's side of the engine compartment. Squeeze the hose clamps on the end of the hoses with pliers and slide the hoses from the heater core tubes.
4Remove the lower passenger's-side and driver's-side dashboard panels. The two panels are held in with push-pins. Raise the center of the push-pins with a small, standard screwdriver and pull the pins from the panels. Pull the panels away from the dashboard to separate them from the dashboard.
5Remove the center console. Separate the gear select trim piece from the center console, using a small standard screwdriver to pry the trim piece from the center console. Lift it over the shift knob and rotate it to clear the knob. Remove the retaining screws holding the center console in place with a Phillips screwdriver. Lift the console up over the shift knob and remove it from the interior.
6Remove the glove box. Open the door to the glove box. Squeeze the two retaining tabs on the ends of the glove box and pull the glove box away from the dashboard. Remove it from the interior.
7Detach the drain tube from the heater core cover, which is located behind the glove box. The tube can be pulled from the heater core cover by hand. Detach the air intake duct from the bottom of the heater core cover. The air intake duct runs from the bottom of the cover to the center of the dashboard. Remove the duct by hand.
8Remove the retaining screws on the black heater core cover with a Phillips screwdriver. Pull the cover from the heater core and remove it from the interior. Remove the heater core clamp screw with a Phillips screwdriver, pull the clamp away from the heater core, then pull the heater core from the housing.
9Place the replacement heater core against the housing. Place the clamp over the heater core and install the clamp retaining screw with a Phillips screwdriver. Position the heater core cover over the heater core and install the retaining screws with a Phillips screwdriver.
10Attach the drain tube and the air intake duct to the heater core cover.
11Install the glove box. Squeeze the retaining tabs on the sides of the glove box and push it into position against the dashboard. Release the tabs when the glove box is in position.
12Install the center console. Guide the console over the shift knob and install the retaining screws with a Phillips screwdriver. Slip the shift selector trim piece over the shift knob and push it into the center console.
13Place the lower passenger's-side and driver's-side dashboard panel in position. Install the push-pins into the retaining holes, pushing the in center of the pin to engage the pins.
14Fill the radiator with coolant. Most climates require a 50/50 mix of DEXCOOL coolant and water. 2.2L engines require 8.6 qts., 2.4L
Disconnect the negative battery cable first to ensure your safety. You will see a small trim panel a few inches above the interior door handle (behind the armrest). Pry off the panel with the trim panel tool or a flat-head screwdriver. Remove the two 10 mm bolts that are behind the small trim panel. Pry off the vertical trim panel mounted on the handle that connects the power window controls and the door panel. Once the panel is removed, use the socket wrench to pull out the two bolts behind it. Pry off the small plastic piece around the door lock tab (upper part of door handle). Once the piece is removed, detach the door lock tab with your hand. Unfasten the sail panel using the trim panel tool or the flat-head screwdriver. The sail panel is on the corner of the door panel, directly across from the outside mirror. The panel is only attached by clips. Pull your interior door handle toward you, and pry off the trim panel behind it. Remove the bolt made visible with the panel removed. Pry up the power window control panel. Then unhook the electrical harness from the rear of the panel. Use the door trim tool to unhook the door panel clips. Insert the tool between the door panel and the door, and release the clips. There are several clips on each side of the door panel. Push the door panel up, then pull it away to remove it from the door.'
There is a shift lock release lever located just to the left of the gear shift. Pop off the plastic cover, and then use a flathead screwdriver or similar instrument to push down and release the lever. While you are holding that down, you will be able to override the lock and shift out of park. Then release the lever.
GEAR SELECTOR LEVER - INCREASED EFFORT TO SHIFT FROM DRIVE TO PARK
Publication Date: November 1, 2004
2002-2005 Explorer, Mountaineer
Some 2002-2005 Explorer 4dr/Mountaineer vehicles, may require a greater effort to move the gear selector lever (shift lever) from drive to park. This may be due to a time delay with the brake shift interlock (BSI) pin retraction. ACTION:
To service, replace the BSI switch. Refer to the following Service Procedure. SERVICE PROCEDURE
Remove the two (2) fasteners supporting the instrument panel knee bolster from below the steering column and remove the cover (Figure 1).
Figure 1 - Article 04-22-12
Remove the three (3) fasteners supporting the steering column lower shroud and remove the cover (Figure 2).
Figure 2 - Article 04-22-12
Remove the three (3) wiring bundle carrier fasteners from the bottom of the steering column to allow movement while removing the BSI switch. It may be necessary to release the connectors from the multifunction switch (Figure 3).
Figure 3 - Article 04-22-12
Remove the BSI fasteners (T-30 on the side and T-20 on the bottom) (Figure 4).
Figure 4 - Article 04-22-12
Pull the BSI tab on the bottom of the column downward to help free the BSI from the column housing.
Break the two (2) side tabs off the BSI by the white wiring connector (Figure 5).
Figure 5 - Article 04-22-12
Push the locking tab on the white connector towards the wiring to release the connector from the BSI. Be careful not to damage the connector or wiring. If the connector does not free easily, a very small flat screwdriver may be used to help lift the locking tab (Figure 6).
Figure 6 - Article 04-22-12
Connect the wiring to the new BSI. Ensure all clips are fully engaged to prevent the connector from pulling free.
Reinstall the BSI onto the steering column and reinstall fasteners (Figure 7).
Figure 7 - Article 04-22-12
Check BSI function. With the key in the accessories or run position, press the brake pedal. The BSI pin should retract on brake application, and spring up one (1) second after releasing the brake pedal. Repeat several times.
Reinstall fasteners to connect wiring bundle carrier to the steering column. Make sure all connections to the multifunction switch unit are secured properly.
Reassemble steering column in reverse order. Ensure rubber gap hider around shift lever is properly seated on the shroud.
Cycle the shift lever from park to drive and drive back to park several times to verify improved shift effort.
Modern cars have shift interlock solenoids that prevent you from taking it out of park without pressing the brake. If your brake lights work, then the switch is good and the solenoid needs to be replaced. Look in your owners manual as it will give you instructions for taking it out of park until you get this fixed. It usually involves sticking a screwdriver in from the side to push the release lever out of the way and then you take it out of park.
If there is a manual release for the shifter it will be on the back side. There may be a small opening with a little spring door on it right behind the shifter bezel. If there is just stick a pencil or a screwdriver in there to push the release tab down. If there is no little hole then you may have to pull off the shift wood trim to access the release tab.