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Hello everyone, I have a 2002 Escort ZX2 with Automatic Transmission and disc brakes in the rear. Recently, my escort has been a challenge to get it out of park, but up until now, I was able to get it into reverse and then drive with a few tries. My understanding is that the solenoid underneath the shifter is probably bad, so I tried to jury-rig the thing with a paper-clip as others have done, if only to get it to the shop. Well, it worked, kind of. I was able to get into reverse and then drive, but now the shifter is locked there, and I shut the engine off like a total idiot. What can I do about this? Should I continue working on the release again, and hope I can disconnect it? Going under the car in its current state is not a terribly viable option without some serious tools I don't have, but I need it in a towable condition at the least.

I guess what I am asking is, where do I go from here? I can't get the ignition to start without getting the shifter back into park. Any suggestions on how precisely to shut off the release, other than using a thicker object?
 

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How many miles are on the car?
I assume that this is an automatic transmission?
Do you have the factory service manual? I suspect that there is an easy enough fix if you only had the instructions. For future reference, the cost of the factory service manual is going to be less than one trip to the shop.

If it's anything like my 1995LX, I suspect that your real problem is the part with the relays and the lockout feature that makes you press on the brakes to shift. It's something that can be bypassed and your woners manual tells you how to do it.
 

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115k miles on the car, with AT.

Where do other people find their factory service manuals? I see one on eBay for around 50 shipped, but is there somewhere else that I can find one for cheaper/locally? The one is called a "Workshop Repair Manual".

Oh, and I did get the car back out of park. Now the thing isn't acting up at all, and I'm reasonably certain that whatever the problem is doesn't need to be fixed immediately. Still curious as to what the hell might be going wrong though.
 

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115k miles on the car, with AT.

Where do other people find their factory service manuals? I see one on eBay for around 50 shipped, but is there somewhere else that I can find one for cheaper/locally? The one is called a "Workshop Repair Manual".
$50 is cheap for a Factory Service manual. I think I paod $150 for mine, new, back in 1995 when I bought the car. However, if you are willin to settle for the Cd-Rom version you should be able to pick it up for less than $10. I prefer the hard copy version though. You can not purchase this locally, probably not even at the dealer (you wouldn't want to buy it there anyway). Hayned or Chilton manuals both suck and won't give you any useful info on the transmission anyway.
 

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Still curious as to what the hell might be going wrong though.
I still think there is probably something wrong inside the console there and it probably will happen again. Except next time you'll have the factory service manual to show you how to fix it.
 

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thrawn1020 said:
Where do other people find their factory service manuals? I see one on eBay for around 50 shipped, but is there somewhere else that I can find one for cheaper/locally? The one is called a "Workshop Repair Manual".
Plenty of them on ebay. Just be patiant, and a cheaper one will pop up. I got both of mine for $35 shipped.
http://motors.shop.ebay.com/items/eBay- ... 000&_rdc=1
 
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