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My escort zx2 will not shift out of park and the brake lights do not come on

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Sounds like the brakelight switch or Wiring is bad,Fords and Mercs.have a wire breakage problem.If you look at the wires that plug into the switch you will possibly see a broken one,check the B/L fuse and the reason the shift lock is stuck is it gets it power to operate from the B/L switch!I hope this helps you,dont forget to vote on the answer. thanks have a good day if you need more info just ask me. DB

Posted on Aug 19, 2010

  • blueyedbl379 Sep 04, 2010

    You answered one of my questions about my brake lights not coming on

  • Darrell Sep 08, 2010

    Is it safe to assume that you got your car fixed? was the switch bad?

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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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Won't shift out of park


You probably have a defective brake light switch. The brake light circuit controls the shift interlock. This is made so small children cannot shift the vehicle out of park....You have to step on the brake and work the shifter at the same time...little kids can't do that. Anyway, check your brake lights to see if they are working. If they are not working, this is your problem. The most likely cause would be the brake switch mounted under the dash on the pedal assembly.

Feb 19, 2011 | 2001 Ford Escort ZX2

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Car won't shift out of Park and brake lights don't work. Fuse is ok.


Try checking the brake light switch under the pedal
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Jul 01, 2010 | 2001 Ford Escort ZX2

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2001 Escort ZX2: it wont go out of park...


There is a safety lock-out that keeps you from taking the car out of gear if you don't push the brake. If your brake lights still work then the switch is good. Also, some people have reported that if the high mount brake light is bad it will keep the car from being shifted out of park. If all of your brake lights work then the solenoid is bad. Remove the center console to get to the solenoid. Since the solenoid is expensive most people just zip-tie the solenoid open so that you don't have to push the brake to shift it from park.

May 16, 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 gearshift is stuck and will not shift


Check the fuse for the shift-lock mechanism. Also check the brake pedal sensor - do the tail lights come on when you press the pedal? If you need to get the car out of park, pop open the cover and press the shift-lock override button located near the base of the gearshift lever on the console.

Mar 23, 2010 | 2001 Ford Escort ZX2

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2001 ford escort stuck in park lever won't move starts normally


If it wont move into gear,the safety switch is malfunctioning. You can take the plug out of the hole on the upper right side of the console just to the right of the gear shift lever. put a philips screwdriver in the hole and press down. this will manually release the gear shifter mechanism.

Feb 08, 2010 | 2001 Ford Escort ZX2

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Are shift settings supposed to light up? Is it a


Yes, they are supposed to light up. I believe that's on the same fuse as the instrument cluster, so if that lights up don't worry about the fuse. It's probably just a burnt out bulb. To replace, remove the knob - 2 screws, one in the front one on the rh side lift up, use thread lock to install, remove the floor console - seats forward remove one screw each side in the back, pull up to remove the parking brake console, seats rearward remove 2 screws from shift console, 2 pushpins each side, remove cupholders, lift and remove console. four screws to remove dial bezel then you'll see the connector for the lamp (the parking brake handle and gear selector will have to be moved to different positions to move console)

Aug 17, 2009 | 2001 Ford Escort ZX2

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