Question about 2001 Ford Escort ZX2
My 2000 Ford Escort is an automatic and will not shrift out of park...
You can temporarily bypass the safety interlock by opening the port above and to the right of the transom mounted gear selector lever. Insert a stylus and press down gently, you will feel the interlock move out of the way. The most common cause of this problem happening is sticky liquids (like soda pop) getting into the safety interlock mechanism, which you can clean with a mild solvent and an air gun if you disassemble the transom to access the interlock.
Alternately, if you have a wiring issue, you can bypass the interlock totally by securing it in the released position before re-assembling the transom, although Ford would have a heart attack before suggesting that solution.
The brake lights and brake light activation switch have NOTHING to do with the saftey interlock aside from being on the opposite side of the brake pedal up underneath the dash. They are two separate circuits.
Posted on Jun 23, 2009
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