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2001 Ford ZX2 won't shift out of park. I have to use the shift release to get it out of park. I checked the fuses and they are all good.

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  • cutiehoney_2 Jun 04, 2009

    I had this part replaced because my brake lights were staying on when I turned off the car. Could it have not been installed properly?

  • cutiehoney_2 Jun 04, 2009

    clarification to the above comment. I replaced my brake switch already



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I had this problem on my zx2, there is a solenoid on the right side of the shifter, if you take the center console out you can see it, you can zip tie it open and it will fix the problem, i wouldn't bother with replacing it, the only thing about zip tieing it is it will shift out of park even with the car off. but it fixed it, i have pictures i can send you if you need help, email me at

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    Kevin Keaton Jun 12, 2009

    This should help out. I hated this problem on the ZX2, but hopefully this will help anyone with the problem! for more pics or help with this problem.


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The brake switch it bad becuase it controls the shift lever as well to disengage so you can pull it down into gear

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Your brake release is not working on your shift linkage. I had this problem with mine and I was able to fix it myself. There is a fuse under the center counsel check that first if not you may need to replace the actuator.

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