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We have a 1995 Escort 4 cyl 1.9 4 door. My daughters friend replaced her battery today but put it in backwards and fried one of the fuses. The fuse was replaced and the car runs fine but when we went to put it in gear it now will not go into gear and the key was really hard getting out. Is there a fuse or something anyone could suggest we may be missing that may also have been fried? The other fuses look ok but the main just not sure. It was all fine until she "Got help from a friend" putting in a new battery.
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I'm not sure how they would be related BUT if anything, there is a solenoid that releases the trans when the brake is pressed. There may be a fuseable link that was fried in the process of a backwards battery install.

Sounds like she would have been better off installing the battery herself with a little coaching from you.
 

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they might have fried the shift solenoids in the valve body or just destroyed the valve body completly. if u can't fix this problem yet, u can manualy shift it from L to D. DO NOT downshift to L till ur at a stop cuz u may damage the tranny if ur still in motion. before u do anything, get a chilton's handbook cuz it will tell u how to get trouble codes from the car's computer and tell u what's really wrong with it. hopefully the computer didn't get fried.
 
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