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Old 05-19-2010, 03:06 PM   #1
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Won't Shift Out of Park

Afternoon everyone.

So my 2000 Focus LX has decided it's not going to shift out of park anymore, as well as not have working brake lights.

I've tried replacing the brake light fuse and the brake pedal switch, but of course, nothing.

So I think it's either the shifting actuator or the shift lock solenoid.

Problem is, I don't know which, and I'd like to avoid replacing the wrong part and/or going to a garage if at all possible.


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Old 05-19-2010, 03:26 PM   #2
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I would double check the fuses first, just to be safe, before replacing the solenoid.

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If you're willing to take the shifter assembly out and tinker with it, you might as well replace the whole thing-- it's easier and probably cheaper. I believe the 05-07 shifter is the same as yours, so just call around the local junkyards for a 2007 (or newest you can get) shifter assembly. It's not a high-demand part, or one that takes much labor to pull, so the junkyards should have plenty of them and they should be cheap.

In the meantime, do you know how to work the manual over-ride? It's a small slot to the right of the track and it's covered by a small, round plastic cover. Remove the cover and push a key or screwdriver down in the slot to over-ride the shift lock.
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Mine was doing the same thing, but the brake lights worked. My issue was the shift actuator in the console, which I bypassed like mentioned above with a screwdriver. One thing my car did that may help you out, when the door was open and key OUT of ignition, my door chime made a constant screeching sound, which I think indicated a actuator problem. That went away once fixed.

FYI, you cannot buy just the actuator alone new, you must buy the whole shifter assembly, which is kinda pricey. I got one used, cleared up all my problems.
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