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2002 Ford Escort: Shift lever stuck in Park position.

Engine starts but cannot shift from Park to anything. Wiggle steering wheel to release but doesn't help.

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  • fwillets Jan 28, 2009

    Appreciate the thought however cannot shift from Park to anything, to include neutral. Simply cannot get shift lever out of Park position.

  • Anonymous Feb 04, 2009

    same problem here, but doesn't happen all the time.

  • Anonymous Feb 13, 2009

    Yeah I have the exact same problem. This sucks.

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2009

    shift lever stuck in park

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2009

    2000 Ford Escort. Shift lever strck in park pasition. Steering wheel moves. Tried rocking. Still stuck. Any sugestions.

  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2014

    Ford 2002 Explorer shift locked in park

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    shift lever stuck in park and can not remove key.

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We do not have an escort but we are having the same prblem with our expedition...it is the break sensor switch near the petal and only about $13 dollars to repace. Easy plug,unplug instal

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Try starting in neutral then shifting gears if this works the brake light swithc may be bad or maby a fuse.

Posted on Jan 28, 2009

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