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Ford Expedition XLT
Ford Escort LX

What do you do when you can't shift out of park?


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September 13, 2011 10:30AM

Try pressing down on the brake pedal while shifting out of park.


Raise car safely,block wheels, unhook neg on battery. If your car is equipped with a air bag ,it should be disabled by separating the bright yellow air bag connector behind the dash plastic. On the transmission there is one arm that is connected by a cable or rod. Grasp this and move it and you will be able to move from gear to gear as long as key is in the on position.Chances are the shifter cable and or linkage is broken or became unhooked.While you are under the car have a assistant move the selector while you watch the action on the arm; it probably won't move but you can trace the problem back to the selector this way. The problem may be in the column itself. I hope this helps you.


Shift interlock may be a problem, some cars I have seen a wiring problem from corroded wires in the console that shorted out the shift interlock solenoid.

It may be way simpler however. Try applying the brake, pulling the steering wheel to the lift or right a little and then try while the tension of the wheel has been removed.