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Transmission problem with 2001 Ford Escort

Cannot shift out of park on my 2001 ford escort. it is an automatic.

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  • Anonymous Dec 30, 2008

    I can not shift it into gear from park the car is an automatic

  • Anonymous Apr 18, 2009

    I have a 2006 Ford Exployer that intermittently will not release the shift lock. It seems that most the time I can hold the brake pedal down for 5 seconds and it will release. I believe it to be a solenoid problem and have put white litheum grease on the solenoid shaft and brake switch. This improved but did not eliminate the problem.



    Is there a source for replacement solenoids and instructions?

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    I know where to check it but is that where i fill it?

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Sounds like a problem with the shift interlock.Here's how it works:You put your foot on the brake pedal,the brake pedal switch sends voltage to a solenoid mounted on your shifter.The solenoid unlocks the shifter,and you remove it from Park.When the interlock doesnt work,it's usually the interlock solenoid mounted on the shifter malfunctioning,however the brake pedal switch,or wires to and from can also be at fault.

Posted on Jul 11, 2008

There is a small rubber piece behind the brake pedal that usually wears down of breaks that depresses the brake pedal switch, check the switch first, if that is okay then there is also the adjustable rod that is what the button on the auto shifter moves, remove the shifter, see if you can depress the rod manually and shift, if you can shift like that, unscrew the rod slightly to adjust it to a working height. Also, you have a shift lock release button through the small tab to the right of your shifter... a zip tie on the tab will allow you to shift but will not make it possible to "slip" shift or cause any other problems.

Posted on Sep 27, 2008

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