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Old 11-08-2003, 13:14   #1 (permalink)
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Drive and Gear Selector

Hello All!

Just bought a 2004 Escape XLT. Really enjoy it so far!

One strange quirk though and the dealer is stating that all the Escapes on the lot are doing the same thing. I am hoping that someone can confirm this for me as I find this hard to believe.

I have an automatic transmition. Under normal movement of the gear selector, that is just sliding it to drive as I have done for over 25 years, the gear selector lever catches on something that prevents it from smoothly dropping down to the bottom of the notch. A little knock on the lever and it will bottom out by traveling the final "inch and a half" to "two inches." I can get the lever to hit bottom if I conciously think about getting it down. but with normal shifting it always catches on the ledge. I watched my wife drive it and it does the same thing for her too. We also have a Ford Taurus and there is nothing that I can do to recreate this.

Here is what is happening. The gear selector will drop down at different levels depending on the gear. First gear is the highest, second gear drops dowm a bit which allows one to shift up without lifting, but prevents downshifting by requiring one to lift the lever up a bit to get it back to first. Same situation with second to drive. With my car the lever seems to be getting stuck at the extreme left edge of second gear level. The car is indeed in drive, but the lever is in the same plane as second gear.

Concern is that with an accidental knock on the gear selector lever it might downshift the car into second gear. Could be dangerous at highway speeds.

If anyone would try to see if it happens your Escape it would be greatly appreciated!

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