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How do I take apart the shifter console on a 2000 Ford Escort ZX2?

The shifter on my mom's car got stuck in park, and the screwdriver trick stopped working for her, so I offered to take the console apart and ziptie the lever in place so she can shift any time she needs to, but haven't found any online guides showing what to do to get the console apart. I'm not too car savvy, and just wanted to know what I was getting myself into, and what tools I needed to bring, before I made the trek to her house to fix it. Thanks!

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Here are some pictures from when I did it. I forgot to take a picture of the screws at the back, but just look you will see them. The second picture there are matching ones on the opposite side. Its really easy to do.
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    Joe Lewis Dec 23, 2014

    Kevin, while this is old post it worked perfectly. I just repaired my daughter's ZX2 with your solution. When you are taliking about paying 10% of the purchase price for a silly repair, your solution makes sense. Thanks for posting the pictures too. They were most helpful.

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    Kevin Keaton Dec 24, 2014

    Glad to help out. Since these cars are fairly cheap now, might as well save what you can. Not worth the expensive repair bill. The only downfall is the button can be pushed at any time and gears shifted even when vehicle is off or brake not pressed.


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Don,t mess with it, If you don,t no what in the hell your doing, Unless you want to end up with a real nice repair bill guy, Do her areal favour end get it done (Properly,) End this info is comeing from a woman that was a certified mechanic for over 45 plus (Years)

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