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1997 ford escort gear shift stuck in park


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Jun 5, 2006, 4:56 PM

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yeah........i turn the car on and press the brake and the gear shift wont move its stuck in park.im so screwd.i dont know what to do and thats my ride to go to work.any help would be much appreciated.
thank you.


Tom Greenleaf
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Jun 5, 2006, 11:36 PM

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Almost certainly a failed brake light switch. ............Especially if an automatic as it won't let you out of part and they usually are sensing the brake lights to allow you to move. T
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Jun 6, 2006, 3:45 AM

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Take a look at the console around the base of the shifter; there maybe a small access cover that can be remover to allow you to manually override the shifter interlock to get it out of park.
Most have this but not all.
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Tom Greenleaf
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Jun 6, 2006, 5:05 AM

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Good one Dan. I forgot about that feature. Only had one go bad and it didn't have an override. T
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Mar 6, 2007, 6:10 PM

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I had the same problem only on a 2001 escort. What my problem was was the safety switch on the brakes. Its right under the steering console, if you follow the brake pedal up while pushing on it, you will see the switch. It's got two separate switches on it, if you play with them separately, you will hear one of them click, which is the cue to shift. If thats the problem, you will probably need to buy a new safety switch.


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Mar 9, 2007, 9:05 AM

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Son's Taurus had same problem. Break switch was faulty. Surprisingly, if he pushed the break peddle partly down, the switch closed (break lights went on). He was able to get the car out of park. Ultimately you will need to get it fixed.


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Sep 14, 2007, 8:14 AM

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the problem with mine is it won't go back into park.we had to take off the console around the shifter and move this little lever in order to get the key out of the ignition.


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Sep 14, 2007, 9:49 AM

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That's different than the No Shift out of park deal. Take a good look at what should be moving what you moved to make it work. If it's going to an electrical switch see if it can be adjusted??

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Apr 1, 2011, 3:03 PM

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yeah........i turn the car on and press the brake and the gear shift wont move its stuck in park.im so screwd.i dont know what to do and thats my ride to go to work.any help would be much appreciated.
thank you.



Hammer Time
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Apr 1, 2011, 3:21 PM

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