Question about 1998 Ford Escort
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Check to make sure your brake lights are functioning properly. The crowns vics of that year have a neutral safety switch that links the shifter to the brake lights.
If the brake lights don't turn on = it won't come out of gear
If they do turn on = it could be that the neutral safety switch is out of place or malfunctioning.
I do believe that the neutral safety switch in that model should be located near the firewall attached to the upper side of your steering column.
You can easily get a manual for your car or look it up at the library to find it's exact location. Or try asking at your local auto parts store.
Posted on Nov 11, 2009
seems like your shift cable is disconnected , you might have hit it when you were working on the alternator just go back and re-trace your steps
Posted on Sep 22, 2011
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Do the brake light work? No brake lights and it won't shift out of park. Check your fuses and check for loose wires. Check your brake light switch. If that has failed, you won't be able to get out of park. The other one if the shift lock solenoid which is in the shifter assembly. The brake shift interlock switch prevents the car being shifted from park unless the brake pedal is depressed. Try to apply power/ground to the proper wires & see if it will activate.. If it does, then the problem is between the brake light switch & that solenoid. Could be the wires or the switch.Make sure the shifter cable is still held down in place at the shifter assembly & under the hood. It is the interlock switch that you hear/feel clicking.It is for the prior generation but may still apply.
Good Luck and hopefully you soon will be on the road again...;-)
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