Question about 1999 Ford Escort
Check the brake pedal is pressed as there is a switch built in so you need to press the brakes to take it out of park. if pedal pressed then check switch at pedal under dashboard, check for power at switch. if power present check switch on gearlever and wiring between the two. if NO power at brake light switch then check for blown fuses hope this helps
Posted on Jul 17, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
you have what is called a btsi, brake trans shift interlock that may be the problem, usually there is a little square cover on the console you can remove and use a screwdriver to depress the latching mechanism to shift the car out of park
Posted on Nov 30, 2008
You seem to have two (2) separate problems one may be a BAD brake light switch this switch is mounted at the top of BRAKE pedal and control the locking mechanism on gear shifter(safety component-for example if a kid is sitting in seat with vehicle running he/she will NOT be able to put vehicle in gear without stepping on brake). The other problem is a BAD shifter cable-this cable moves the selector in the transmission when you move shift knob. Good luck and thanks for using FIX YA
Posted on Jan 11, 2009
SOURCE: can't shift out of park
the switch under the shifter is sticking.something might have got spilled.if you can get cover off and take some parts cleaner spray and spray around the switch this should loosen the switch up this happens more frequently than you might think good luck!
Posted on Jan 25, 2009
I found this online. Check to see if you have back brake lights. If not the fuse for them also triggers the gear release.
Posted on Mar 11, 2009
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Do the brake light work? No brake lights and it won't shift out of park. Check your fuses and check for loose wires. Check your brake light switch. If that has failed, you won't be able to get out of park. The other one if the shift lock solenoid which is in the shifter assembly. The brake shift interlock switch prevents the car being shifted from park unless the brake pedal is depressed. Try to apply power/ground to the proper wires & see if it will activate.. If it does, then the problem is between the brake light switch & that solenoid. Could be the wires or the switch.Make sure the shifter cable is still held down in place at the shifter assembly & under the hood. It is the interlock switch that you hear/feel clicking.It is for the prior generation but may still apply.
Good Luck and hopefully you soon will be on the road again...;-)
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