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I have a 2000 ford focus and the gearshift is locked when I

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I have a 2000 ford focus and the gearshift is locked when I press the brake pedal to put it in gear
JA: How many miles are on the car? Has this ever happened before?
Customer: 151,000 yes it has happened before
JA: Are you fixing your Focus yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: I'm currently waiting to get towed to the ford dealership
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: It has a new battery! And my fan blower doesn't work or my power windows
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Transmissions
Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 5 months ago.

Hi, I'm Chad. Welcome to JustAnswer. I'm reviewing your question and I will be posting your reply ASAP.

Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 5 months ago.

Hey hiw are you

most likley the shift interlock solenoid went bad, or the brake switch under brake pedal.

but you can move the shifter ,using a screw driver ,right at shifter look closely, there is a small plastic tab ,that you can pop out and insert a screw driver or sharp object and press down and hold then it will allow you to move shifter and you can drive it off to repair shop and let them look into it .

Please let me know

Thank You

Chad Farhat

ASE Certified Technician

Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 5 months ago.

Click on link to view an example to where the location of the emergency release tab

Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 5 months ago.

2000 Ford Focus L4-2.0L DOHC VIN 3

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Removal 1. Remove the floor console.

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2. Disconnect the Overdrive (O/D) switch electrical connector (selector lever assembly removed shown).

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3. Remove the shift interlock actuator.
1. Remove the bolt.
2. Pull off the knob.
3. Pull out of the push rod.

Installation

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1. Install the shift interlock actuator.
1. Install the push rod.
2. Position the knob.
3. Install the bolt.

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2. Connect the O/D switch electrical connector (selector lever assembly removed shown).
3. Install the floor console.

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