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2000 ford focus: running fine..lights come..gauges red wont

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2000 ford focus wagaon-While driving, the car shuts off, all lights go out, then starts back running fine, then same thing but when lights come back, all the lights on dashboard light up and all gauges redline. Now when car won't stay running and no lights work. When I do get the car to start, I'm not able to get gear shift out of park
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Tim West replied 7 years ago.
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It sounds like it could be the ignition switch. I would replace this first and recheck.


  1. Disconnect the battery ground cable.


  1. Remove the instrument panel lower panel.
  1. Remove the screws.
  2. Release the fastener.


  1. Detach the steering column upper shroud. Using a thin bladed screwdriver, release the two clips (one each side).


  1. Remove the steering column lower shroud.
  1. Release the steering column locking lever. (if equipped).
  2. Remove the screws.
    • Remove the ignition key.


  1. Disconnect the electrical connectors.
    • Disconnect the ignition switch electrical connector.
    • Disconnect the turn signal/flash-to-pass switch electrical connector.


  1. Remove the ignition switch.
    • Release the clips.


To install, reverse the removal procedure
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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
So I can't get car out of park until ignition switch is replaced. I'm stalled in a bad spot
Expert:  Tim West replied 7 years ago.
Are the brake lights working?