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Old 09-01-2005, 11:01   #1 (permalink)
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1998 ford escort-automatic transmission

The gear shift is stuck in Park. I can turn the
engine on but the stick is stuck. It is on the floor. Is there a way I
can fix it myself or do I have to take it to an expensive shop???
thank you, Beverly

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Old 09-01-2005, 14:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 1998 ford escort-automatic transmission

In article <697decf2aae39dff0e95cff39ce3e9d1
@localhost.talkaboutautos.com>, compunerd99@netzero.net says...
> The gear shift is stuck in Park. I can turn the
> engine on but the stick is stuck. It is on the floor. Is there a way I
> can fix it myself or do I have to take it to an expensive shop???
> thank you, Beverly
>
>

Does it require you to step on the brake to move it from park? If so
that latch may not be working properly.
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Old 09-01-2005, 14:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: 1998 ford escort-automatic transmission

I'd be willing to bet you don't have any brake lights either. It's most
likely the BOO switch (Brake On Off). It's under the dash and is activated
by the brake pedal. These are very common failures. Ford, in fact, had a
recall on defective BOO switches, but I'm not sure the recall applies to
your specific car. The BOO switch locks the gear selector so that the brake
pedal must be depressed for the vehicle to be put in gear. It's a safety
feature.

If you want to drive your car with the defective switch, put the vehicle in
neutral before starting it. Then you can put it in any gear afterwards. Of
course, each time you put it in park, it'll require you to shut off the
engine, put it in neutral and restart it to get in gear again. Also be
aware that the brake lights won't work, which makes you a hazard to others
on the road.

The BOO switch is about a $35 part and most people can do it themselves if
they know what they're looking for.

CJB




"compunerd99" <compunerd99@netzero.net> wrote in message
news:697decf2aae39dff0e95cff39ce3e9d1@localhost.talkaboutautos.com...
> The gear shift is stuck in Park. I can turn the
> engine on but the stick is stuck. It is on the floor. Is there a way I
> can fix it myself or do I have to take it to an expensive shop???
> thank you, Beverly
>



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Old 09-02-2005, 16:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: 1998 ford escort-automatic transmission



compunerd99 wrote:
> The gear shift is stuck in Park. I can turn the
> engine on but the stick is stuck. It is on the floor. Is there a way I
> can fix it myself or do I have to take it to an expensive shop???
> thank you, Beverly
>


If you look to the right of the gear shift, you will see a small round
button. Pry this out and use something like a dowel to push straight
down. Unless you switch is really stuck, this should override the
interlock and allow you to drive the car until you can get it repaired.

When this happened to my 1998 Escort, I didn't discover this until I had
removed the all covers. In my case, all I had to do was clean out the
previous owners dog or cat hair and lubricate the interlock parts.
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