I have a 1998 Escort with 39000 miles on it. I don't drive it much!
After sitting unused for several weeks, I found it would not shift out
of park. The brake lights go on and I can hear a small click from the
console when I apply the brakes. So it probably is the solenoid.
The problem is that after removing the emergency brake cover and
fasteners for the console, the console is still attached to the pocket
where the cigar lighter is. I don't see what need to be removed to get
the console cover free. What am I missing?
Also, the "service engine soon" message now appears even though the car
hasn't moved in weeks.
Thanks for your thoughts