Why won't. My gearshift not engage out of park.i must use a screwdriver and put the gear in neutral

Asked by Sep 26, 2014 at 04:16 PM about the 2005 Ford Escape XLT 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

5 Answers


Check the shift lock solenoid. Its probably bad.

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or plastic secure devu=ive on the linkage maybe worn broken or gone

TransAm77/rcemearmy: I have a similar problem in my 2006 escape - but sporadically. Sometimes I can shift into gear with no problem. Other times (and it's getting more often), I have to push and push (and keep pushing) the gear shifter button to engage. I have zero skills in this department but I'm willing to give your suggestions a try because I don't have the $800 the repairman (at the dealer) said the job would cost. Any guidance will be appreciated.


I'm sorry I'm not a big Ford guy. Don't know much about the Escape.

Thanks, TransAm77.

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