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Car wont start, battery is fully charged, shifter is stuck in park.

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  • firemanB Sep 02, 2010

    Is the car trying to crank over or is it doing nothing whening turning it on?

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If it's a 2000 Escort, check the negative cable connection at the battery. The cable could be bad, or it may be the terminal on the end of the cable.

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