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2000 escort ZX2 automatic the shifter sometimes isa difacult to shift out of park

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Live with it, unless you want to replace the transmission. It's getting old and cranky.

Posted on Oct 15, 2009

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I have a 2000 ford escort zx2 and the shifter won't engage unless I use the override button.What is causing my shifter not to work?


There is a solenoid lock which works on the brake light circuit, if the brake lights are working it is possible the solenoid has packed up. Need to check it's operation.

Jan 27, 2014 | 2001 Ford Escort ZX2

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I have a 1998 ford escort zx2 that wont come out of park the button on the shifter seems blocked


it has tab on the shift consel pop it out put screw driver down hole it should release it. or another is to turn key from unlock position just a little bit just enough so there is no power going to ignition put in nuetral then start car. you either have a shift lock problem or blown fuse or stop light out.

Mar 23, 2011 | 1999 Ford Escort

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Stuck in park


It should be a tiny door by the shifter, Open it and press down on the release tab to shift it out of park.

Jan 15, 2011 | 2001 Ford Escort ZX2

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On my 2001 Ford Escort Zx2 the automatic shifter is stuck in park. i can put it in gear only by sticking a screwdriver in the hole next to the shifter. ive also noticed that my brake lights are out as...


sounds like your brake light pedal switch is out when it goes out it locks your car in park so that you know its out and needs to be replaced

Oct 31, 2010 | 2001 Ford Escort ZX2

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Can't shift out of park


sounds like your shift solenoid has failed

next to the gear shifter you will see a little plug

remove the plug and inset your key

this will allow you to shift into neutral

remove your key and start the car


Apr 05, 2010 | 2001 Ford Escort ZX2

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My 2002 ZX2 Automatic's sifter doesn't want to shift out of park. Once I get it out of park it drives fine. Any suggestions?


The park lock-out solenoid is bad. It locks the shifter in park until you depress the brake pedal. You can remove the console and replace this solenoid or defeat it with a zip-tie.

Jan 04, 2010 | 2002 Ford ZX2

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Removel of the ignition key


I have worked on several vehicles with this same problem and each one was a relatively simple repair with no parts involved, first off the shift interlock has nothing to do with it and will not prevent your vehicle from going into park, it is designed to work ONLY when coming out of park. The problem your having depends on the type of shifter handle your vehicle has, if the release lever is on the bottom and you have to push up with your fingers to release it, then the problem is...there is a rubber type cover that surrounds the release button, after time it becomes distorted and bunches up preventing the shifter from fully engaging in the park position (even though it appears the vehicle is going into park)if your careful you can work the rubber cover out and your problem is fixed. If your shifter button is on the side and pressed with your thumb the cable needs to be adjusted, this cables only purpose is to prevent key removal except when in park and is easily adjusted, with the center council removed, if you look at the front of the shifter base you will see 2 cables that snap into the shifter frame, the larger one is the gear selector cable, the smaller one runs up to the steering column and operates the mechanism that prevents key removal, where the cable snaps into the shifter frame is where the adjustment is done and is identical to a kick-down cable used on older vehicles with automatic transmissions, right where it snaps into the frame there will be a button you can press down releasing a spring loaded adjustment arm, make sure you first mark the arm for reference then press down the button and adjust it a little either way until it functions properly, hope this helps and good luck   

Jul 06, 2009 | 2001 Ford Escort ZX2

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Transmission problem with 2001 Ford Escort


Sounds like a problem with the shift interlock.Here's how it works:You put your foot on the brake pedal,the brake pedal switch sends voltage to a solenoid mounted on your shifter.The solenoid unlocks the shifter,and you remove it from Park.When the interlock doesnt work,it's usually the interlock solenoid mounted on the shifter malfunctioning,however the brake pedal switch,or wires to and from can also be at fault.

Jul 11, 2008 | 2001 Ford Escort ZX2

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Will not turn over, can't move shifter


it sounds like the engine could be siezed due to broken piston or ring.

Jun 25, 2008 | 2000 Ford Escort

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