Stuck in reverse on a steering column 2001 ford escape automatic
I was at a redlight and pulled to far forward. I put it in reverse and backed up. when I went to put it back in drive it went limp and all the way to the lowest possible without any resistence. I immediately pulled it back to reverse where it froze in place and couldnt move it from that spot so I turned off the engine. Now it will not attempt to turn on. I am a recently unemployed person due to the company that I worked for filing chapter 7 and am seriously freaked. Any thoughts?
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If it also dies in drive it is a TCC (torque converter control/lockup) valve that is stuck or the TCC solenoid. If it drives forward, then it is internal problems. Planetary gears/sun gears that have broken.
the inter lock will get you stuck in park but not reverse unless your linkage is forced
maybe you have a different problem
try to put the car in nuetral while the key is only one click forward and your foot on brake , that may get you moving
some fords have a key hole on the bottom of the steering column and you can just put your key in and put the car in neutral, then start the car and drive
does the shifter itself go thru full shift range? forward and back, but it will only catch in reverse? if so sounds like the linkage has loose bolt or joint. check your likage, underhood,(on column) and on transmission, likely cause is linkage plate on transmission (bolt is loose)
I am uncertain what escape you drive but if this is the 4 cylinder version, then you will require a new transmission or have your transmission serviced. You asked why? Because Ford did not put a transmission cooler on the 4 cylinder, but only on the 6 cylinder version with the tow package, which prevents your transmission from overheating. Furthermore, you have to change your transmission fluid at greater intervals to prevent harm to your transmission. Moreover, is this a manual transmission or automatic?. If this is a automatic, you maybe able to manipulate the shift linkage cable on the transmission and get it out of reverse.
Can you get reverse at all? If not, check you fluid level --when the vehicle is "hot" or at running temp, put into park, pull the dipstick out, wipe it off, reinstall, pull it out again and read the level. If you are good on level, Sounds like reverse pump issue internal to tranny.
a EAST fix, I removed the plastic around the steering wheel (3 bolts under the steering wheel) and I manually pulled the lever toward you to remove the key. THEN I used a zip tie to hold it back so my key can come out from now on... saved you $300 for a new tumbler
EASY fix and cost $.05cents.
This was done on my 2001 ford escort and it should work with other fords, like the focus model.
I've noticed the same problem with my 2001 Ford Exployer Sport Trac. When my girlfriend drives my truck she raises the steering column, and when I'm driving, I lower the column. I noticed when I was driving recently the left front turn signal kept flashing quickly, thought it was the bulb, but changed and still happening. Today I took apart the steering column cover and noticed the wiring for the turn signals and hazards were loose. To fix this problem I pulled the wires out of column more as to not stress the connection. So far this has fixed the problem.