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Old 09-05-2012, 08:50 PM   #1
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Shift Interlock

Hello all,

My 2003 Focus wagon will not shift out of park without using the towing override.

After some reading online, it sounds like this is due to the brake/shift interlock (not a fuse, brake lights work).

It also sounds like it's possible that the actuator only needs cleaned / lubed, possibly not replaced.

My question is: as a non-car guy (but technically capable) most of the time, is this a repair that I should be poking around in? It sounds straight forward, but I wanted some advice before I go ripping apart the shifting console...

Thanks for any advice!


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Old 09-14-2012, 08:02 PM   #2
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OK, I'll be more specific now...

I tore the center console apart and found the brake-shift interlock solenoid. Indeed, it was not retracting when the brake was pressed. I stuck a volt meter in the leads connecting to the solenoid. I got one wire 0V, one 12V, and one that toggled with the brake pedal. Seems legit to me.

Does this indicate a faulty solenoid, or could it be something else? If it IS the solenoid, where on earth do you find one of these?

Thanks!

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Run some jumper wires to the solenoid and see if it works.

Sometimes wires will break internally and show 12v, but not be able to supply the required amps to run something.
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