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Old January 18th, 2010, 06:13 PM   #1
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Default HELP! Ford Focus Shifter Locked Up

Our Ford Focus's shifter keeps locking up. It did this about 2 yrs ago once and when I released it we didn't have any problems until now. There is a release next to the shifter that you push in.

Tonight it locked up every time that it was put into park. Its very difficult to release it now too.

Any ideas?

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Check to make sure your brake lites are working. If the brake light switch on the brake pedal goes out or has a bad connection it wont allow the shifter to me pulled out of park.
Seen alot of other Fords do this.
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Check to make sure your brake lites are working. If the brake light switch on the brake pedal goes out or has a bad connection it wont allow the shifter to me pulled out of park.
Seen alot of other Fords do this.
yep checked that.
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assuming it's a slushbox, this happened to a Civic I had, I used a couple of zip ties to hold the shifter lock 'off'. Only downside is it can be moved to any gear position at any time, no brake interlock or whatever, no protection if some drunk friend tries to put it into reverse, kids playing in it, etc.
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the brake shift interlock is just a solenoid with 2 wires (power in and ground out).

Confirm that when you are pushing on the brakes one of the wires has power, and one is grounded. If the ground wire isn't grounding,then that is a simple fix (just ground it out). If the power wire doesn't have 12V then you need to either start tracing wires, or bypass the system. An easy way to do it would be run a new wire directly off the 12V Brake On-Off switch on the brake pedal -> to the shifter solenoid.

If you have 12V and a ground and it is still locking in park, you have a bad shift solenoid, which usually means you buy a whole new shifter assembly.

The button you have been pushing to release it is the manual overide and the only reason it is there is for tow truck drivers to push before they tow the car. It isn't designed to be used a lot, usually only 10-15 times. I'm guessing the manual overide rod is worn out or broke off now.
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