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My automatic gear shift will not engage. It easily moves up and down but doesn't engage. 2001 ford escape. Drove fine last night but today, it won't go into gear.

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Your shifter cable popped off

Posted on Nov 19, 2009

  • Jason Jul 12, 2015

    The end of the shifter cable is plastic, and it snaps onto the transaxle linkage which is metal. Over time, the plastic fatigues and it pops off. I repaired mine with 2 interlocking steel zip ties and it worked well for years with no further problems.

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