I used the wrong term. I think it's called shift interlock, it prevents you from shifting without applying the brakes. My battery died today but I couldn't move the car in neutral to push it onto the street to jump start it since we have a one lane driveway.I'm not seeing any replies, think you lost all of us with that question.
(not that it's busy here today, still can't think of an "over ride" for the parking brake on a Focus myself)
House wall and fence on either side It's a new motorcraft battery from Nov 2013 so I'm annoyed that this happened, since the original one lasted 6 yrs. CAA guy tested it with one of those fancy devices and no signs of a weak battery or parasitic drain. The car usually sits for 3-4 days in a row at -20C so hopefully it was just that. But this was the second time it happened this week which leaves me suspicious.Ignoring trying to get the shifter to move, you stated your driveway is only 1 car wide, but is there a yard next to it that you would be able to drive the 2nd car onto temporarily in order to jump start the car? (granted I realize you are in Toronto and it may be snow covered)
Also one other option if you have one or have access to one use an automotive battery charger to charge the battery, or if it has the option to put it into a jumpstart mode to jumpstart the car that way.
Either way would eliminate having to get the shifter to move in the move the car you are trying to jumpstart. One other thing if the battery is an older one (original perhaps?) it may just be time to replace it, especially if you found it to be dead when you came out and tried to start it (unless it is discharged due to leaving lights on or something).
Yea I usually back in too [?|] Think I'll get block heater and a jumper battery for next winter. It's already getting warmer, only -3C today [cheers]Cold weather can be and is bad on batteries, slows down the chemical reaction within them, can make even good batteries weak, and with marginal/weak/worn batteries can be devastating on them. With weather that cold almost have to run the car for a while everyday to help keep things warm, to keep it on a (trickle) charger to help keep the battery charged, keep the car (in a semi-heated) garaged, or using a battery warmer mat.
Down hear in the Chicago area we generally don't get too overly cold but in the winter of 13-14 we did have some weather that got into the sub -20F range for days at a time and it did cause problems with starting the car, so I just kept the battery charger/starter at the ready in case it was needed, and it was on a couple occasions.
And I hear you on the house being on one side and a fence being on the other, my house is setup the same way, 1 car driveway along the house with a 6 foot fence on part of it but at least it splays out to 2+ cars wide behind the house in front of the garage so got some room to maneuver around, and almost never park in the 1 car wide portion of it (also almost always back in tail first so the front of the car faces towards the street so if needed to be jump started the other car could just pull straight in but also makes pulling out of the driveway easier).