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My 200 Ford Escort is an automatic and will not

My 2000 Ford Escort is an automatic and will not shrift out of park...

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  • babyblue_hor Mar 11, 2009

    They are working and still wont shift into gear

  • babyblue_hor Mar 11, 2009

    How do i do that

  • Anonymous Apr 27, 2009

    My daughters 2000 ford escort will not come out of park.I have changed the brake light switch and that did not help.If you keep starting the car and trying to get it out of gear long enough it will finally go into gear and it will work fine until you leave it parked for 4 or5 hours then the problem starts all over again. got any suggestion?

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CHECK AND VERIFY YOUR BRAKE LIGHTS RE WORKING, IF THEY ARE NOT THE PARK SAFETY INTERLOCK WILL NOT GET ANY POWER AND THE SHIFTER WILL BE LOCKED OUT.

Posted on Mar 11, 2009

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    yadayada Mar 11, 2009

    THEN THE INTERLOCK MECHNISM IS DEFECTIVE OR STICKING, THE SOLENOID THAT PULLS THE CABLE TO UNLOCK IT FROM PARKT IS ON THE TIOP OF THE STEERING COLUMN, U WILL HAVE TO DROP THE COLUMN DOWN AND TEST IT FOR PROPER OPERATION.

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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.

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