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1998 Ford Escort ZX2

Shifter will not release

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  • kjturve Dec 01, 2008

    I have a 1999 that is having the same problem, the brake lights are coming on, but can't get it out of park.

  • Anonymous Jan 15, 2009

    I had the same problem with it not shifting out of park. That was fixed but the windshield wipers won't work. The motor was replaced and it blew the fuse. Another moter, and again it blew the fuse. Any advice for these winshield wipers?

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Turn the key to on without starting the engine, try and shift into gear, if it works, you brake switch need to be replaced.

Posted on Dec 07, 2008

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Is your car manual or auto? If manual push your clutch and shift several time, and it will release.

Posted on Jun 22, 2008

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Mine did the same thing take the councel over the break lever off. one screw on each side. then take the councel cover off (pull out the center of the plastic plugs then plug pulls out). when you get that off take the 2 screws out of the shifter handle, and the 4 screws holding the black shift indicator panel out. unplug light. the switch on the right side is black and has a white shaft coming out that releases the shifter. pull it all the way out towards the dash and put 2 large zip ties around the white shaft so it cant go back in. easy as can be. problem fixed save you 200 bux for the switch.

Posted on Jan 29, 2009

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