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2002 ford escort zx2 had problem with shift, stuck in park, took out button next to shift and use screw driver to move out of park. Now while driving RPM's to 4000. Pulled over shut off car. Restarted and now fine. What is the most likely problem or problems?

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SOURCE: 2002 Ford Escort: Shift lever stuck in Park position.

try starting in neutral then shifting gears if this works the brake light swithc may be bad or maby a fuse.

Posted on Jan 28, 2009

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SOURCE: My 98 Escort ZX2 manual transmisson seems to shift gear hard!

Clutch may be smooth but this is a sign of the clutch needing replaced. Some of these models have a linkage adjustment under the hood. Others are hydrallic and need fluid. Look under the hood where the steering is and see which you have and address accordingly. Good luck. Check on costs of clutch replacement.

Posted on Mar 30, 2009

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SOURCE: 2006 Nissan X Trail Gear Shift Stuck in Park.

This is not a permanent fix, but you'll be able to shift and drive...this is a "safety feature" when you're break lights aren't working...it may be a fuse issue, i found that didn't help either.

How to drive it while it's "broken" On the top left of your gear shift is circle that looks like a button that is only 3/4 there...see picture (it's circled in red)

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pry that off with a key or something... now restart your car, push on the break and at the same time insert a key or something into the now open hole...while pushing down use the other key to shift into reverse. You will need to do the same thing to shift back into park.

Good heavens that is the most inneficient safety feature I've ever heard of. How about instead of leaving the car immoble and keeping you in a scetchy neihborhood to get mugged they just "invent" a warning light notification. grr

Posted on May 04, 2009

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SOURCE: An automatic 2002 Mazda Millenia V6 2.5L is stuck in park

When you experience this problem, check to see if your brake lights are coming on. It could be as simple as a brake light switch malfunction. If the brake lights are functioning as the problem is occurring then you could for example have a problem with the shift interlock solenoid.

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SOURCE: I have a 2002 Ford Escort ZX2. The Auto store

This CODE is Indicating that ENGINE COOLANT TEMP is NOT Reaching TEMP HOT Enough to >CLOSE LOOP < This is when ECM takes over ALL ELECTRONIC CONTROLS, . It Basicly Points at A Coolant Temp Sensor that is Faulty or Thermostat that is RATED too LOW. Engine Must Reach 200 - 220 degrees

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2002 ford zx2 - dash and park lights out, where do i find the fuse for both to replace.


this 2002 Ford Escort ZX2 should have an owners manual in your glovebox

if not, here's a link in pdf form for it!

http://www.fordservicecontent.com/Ford_Content/catalog/owner_guides/02estog3e.pdf

now scroll to page 123 to see the diagram

look at TAIL ~ 15 amp blue fuse

this is inside the passenger compartment, not the one in the underhood bay

Fuse box location in 1998 Ford Escort

mark as helpful since i do this for fun only (not for profit) thanks!

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Apr 18, 2015 | 2002 Ford ZX2

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I have a 1998 ford escort zx2 that wont come out of park the button on the shifter seems blocked


it has tab on the shift consel pop it out put screw driver down hole it should release it. or another is to turn key from unlock position just a little bit just enough so there is no power going to ignition put in nuetral then start car. you either have a shift lock problem or blown fuse or stop light out.

Mar 23, 2011 | 1999 Ford Escort

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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 2002 ZX2 Automatic's sifter doesn't want to shift out of park. Once I get it out of park it drives fine. Any suggestions?


The park lock-out solenoid is bad. It locks the shifter in park until you depress the brake pedal. You can remove the console and replace this solenoid or defeat it with a zip-tie.

Jan 04, 2010 | 2002 Ford ZX2

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In my 2003 ford escort zx2, its stuck in park and will not change gears. it starts the brake lights come on. but it won' change gears


my car got stuck in park several times, i'm the brake lights would come on but i couldnt push the button to make my car move out of park...there's a tab on the right side at the top of the gear shifter console pop it out, stick a skrew driver down in and that should release it if that's your problem...it's a little bit of a rig, but it works, havent been stuck in park since

Nov 25, 2009 | 2003 Ford ZX2

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2002 Ford Escort gear shift linkage is stuck in park


It's the fuse that is blown which prevent's you from moving the gear from Park to anything else. The fuse box, on a 1995 Escort is on the drivers' side by the break pedal, I'm not sure where your fuse box is. Check the guide to see which fuse is the one for "Stop" and replace it, problem is I'm not sure what causes this and it's driving me crazy because it keeps on doing it. I've gone through so many fuses, there has to be a short somewhere...but I have no idea where.

Nov 22, 2009 | 1995 Ford Escort

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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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