Question about Ford Focus
If the stop lamps were working, then I'd check for applied current to
the interlock solenoid as a starting point.. If its good, and the lever
won't come out of Park, reach up under the dash just above the shifter
cable arm.. Pull 'down' on the interlock solenoidcam/lever.. You'll feel
it 'click' if the key is in the ON position (without the brake peddle
applied) and the lever will pull on down.. Make sure the park brake is
set.. If it easily pulls down from Park, then it will prove out the
linkage ect.. Also, is the shifter sloppy? The shifter tube bushings
tend to wear out, sometimes the clamp screws come loose as well as the
shift cable lever at the bottom of the column housing.
Check for 12v in/out of the brake lamp switch. If the tail lamps are working,,should be good to go. Look straight up from the drivers foot/scuff plate area.. You'll see where the shifter cable attaches to the lower shift arm/lever.. Just slightly upwards on the 'column body' (left column side towards the door) you'll see the bottom of the interlock solenoid body hanging down with the electrical connector pointing straight out.. Tight quarters there, and pull the large lower steering column access panel (4 plastic lock screws) will help to see.. You can 'just' reach around the shift cable arm and pull down on the interlock lever to release.. Or, you can apply the brake (key on), thenwith your hand on the solenoid arm verify it's pulling (or trying) the lever back to unlock the shifter.
The sloppy shifter, and/or 'shift position hunting' is something I just thought I'd mention since the 2 torx screws at the 'lower' shift arm come loose quite often, and the nylon shifter tube bushing wear out. Generally if the shifter gets sloppy, it doesn't affect the the interlock/park problem. If the column needs to be lowered to change the solenoid, checking the shift tube bushings/screws is a good practice.
Also, could check in this link: automatic-shifter-stuck-park.
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Posted on Oct 02, 2010
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