My 2005 Ford Escape says its in drive and won't crank.

Ashley Mills

Asked by Nov 23, 2014 at 06:43 PM about the 2005 Ford Escape XLT 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

All the lights and everything work. It will
shift and roll in every gear except for park.
But the console says its in drive and it won't

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sounds like a linkage problem. there is a neutral safety switch or inhibitor switch at the bottom of the steering column. I believe that they can be adjusted so that the vehicle knows it is in park.

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I agree had that problem to ijust reposition the linkage and it work when u do the take slack out of cable it maybe on transmission to

Ashley Mills

Where exactly is the switch?


sorry, not sure on your model, but you can google that part. it could also just be a shift linkage misadjustment.


ashley there should be a spot under the dash where the shifter linkage goes through the fire wall. there may be a torx screw or some kind of set screw. you should be able to put the shifter in a known gear and adjust to that. I would try that before you replace the neutral switch.. after futher research the switch might be right where the linkage hooks to the tranny. This is hard to do in this forum, try to see if there is a youtube vid that shows the adjustment.

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