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I have a Automatic 2000 Ford Escort ZX2.

Just the other day, the shifter started 'sticking' when I put it in park. After a pressing the brake harder and moving the wheel, the shifter would come out of park and allow me to drive. Well, yesterday it refused to come out. I popped the little thing that allows you to manually release the shifter. I drove it to my destination with no problem, but as soon as I got there and went to turn the car off, it refused to unlock my key and allow me to fully turn off then car. No matter what I did, it stays stuck. It seems like somehting electriical, like it doesnt recognize that the shifter is in park. So my key is stuck in the car and my battery has now drained since im in NH and its cold as anything. I tried looking through the manual for any type of manual key release, and can find none.

Some one PLEASE help me find out whats wrong!

Thank you!
 

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if the lock cylinder is anything like the the older second gen cylinders then whats happening is when you turn the key to the on position, it receeds the rod that locks the steering column. and when you turn the to the off position it pushes that rod back up into the column locking it...or if its an automatic the car must be in park before the key can be released, this is cause by a cable connecting from the lock cylinder to the transmission i beleive....so if the cable is jambed some how this would cause that problem, my guess is that this is what is causing your problem...check to make sure the cable is not binding...might have to take the column apart, which isnt too difficult.... hope this helps...

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