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I have a 2003 ford escape with a factory stereo in it. every time i shift out of park the stereo stops working. if i shift back to park it works again. any ideas?

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Sound like the shift mechanism is rubbing against a wire or two which is affecting the radio. Do it slowly and see which gear selection makes the radio stop working. After that, you will need diagrams from the web which shows you the dashboard location for wires to fix this problem.

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