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I have a 2016 Ford Escape. It is in (P) park, but on the…

I have a 2016...

I have a 2016 Ford Escape. It is in (P) park, but on the console it shows in (N) neutral. It will not allow me to move the shift lever.

Mechanic's Assistant: How old is the transmission? Have you noticed any leaking?

I have not noticed anything leaking. It is a 2016

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Escape yourself? What have you tried so far?

I just noticed a few minutes ago as I was trying to go somewhere. The last time I drove it was about 20 hours ago

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Hello, so the shifter is in park, do the stop lamps work? The shifter will not move out of park or it only moves a little bit? Has the vehicle been flat towed?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
If it helps, the car is actually in (N). I can push it.

Ok if the shifter wont come of park, make sure the stop lights work. The shifter has an interlock solenoid so the shifter wont move out of park unless the brake pedal is depressed. It sounds like the shifter cable is broken.Disconnect the shifter cable at the transmission and see if the cable moves and the transmission linkage moves.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I think this is beyond me. I do not understand. I just went out again. When I press the brake pedal, the brake lights do light up. I do not know how to disconnect the shifter cable and the transmission.

It sounds like the shifter cable is broken if the trans is in neutral and shifter is in park.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I assume that is a job for a mechanic. I will need to have it towed?

Yes, it would need to be towed to a dealer if its still under base warranty. You can call your local dealer and double check by giving them the 17 digit vin number and mileage. Otherwise any local shop should be able to replace the shifter cable.

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