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Old 01-06-2010, 08:47 PM   #1
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Gear shift button won't depress.......

Sometimes, not all the time, when you depress the brake and push the little button to move the automatic gear shift into drive, the stupid button ABSOLUTELY REFUSES TO DEPRESS.
I read the manual and tried the little button next to the shifter for "automatic" release and that didn't work either. However, if you turn the wheel all the way to the left, or all the way to the right, all of a sudden the button will FINALLY depress.


Any ideas or suggestions?


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Old 01-06-2010, 09:14 PM   #2
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Are your brakelights working properly? It sounds like a goofy question but I think with most automatics there is a shift interlock that won't let go unless the brake light switch is functioning. My dad has a Grand Marquis and encountered this problem a while back and I can't remember all the details. His brake light switch would only work when he REALLY stepped on the brake, and the car would not move out of park without that. You mentioned there was a button you hit that sounds like it should bypass the interlocks, but I've never had an automatic Focus so I don't know. Not sure how the steering wheel position would figure into it either.
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As far as I can tell they are! I'll have to check that they are actually are! Keep them ideas coming though! All are appreciated! Thanks!!!!!
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I figured there would be an older thread on here about this issue and here it is, looks like some good info. It looks like it could just be a bad fuse, which would be fantastic.

http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/s...hift+interlock
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Mostly likely the switch as smelly rubber mentioned. If not take apart the shifter and try to push down the linkage. If it depresses with little to no effort idk what to tell u but if it doesn't want to move at all its the linkage. If the car has been in an accident that would definately explain why the steering wheel has to be turned to move the shifter
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Interesting. If turning the wheel really does make it work, the problem has to be in the column.

This may be out there, but while checking the brake lights, have someone turn the wheel back, and forth.

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Ahhh! You all seriously rock! Thank you all very, VERY, much. I'll so be trying all these suggestions to eliminate the issue! And I'll keep you updated......

I am so loving this forum!
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mine done the same thing. if you remove that little cover beside the shifter you can put a key or something down in there and it will release. it pushes over the lock and allows you to shift from park
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