Having problems with your 2002 Ford Explorer ?
Can't take it out of park - 2002 Ford Explorer
Shift Interlock Switch - easy fix. There is a slot on the underside of the steering column. Shoot some WD40 in there you can manually disengage this by sliding a slim key or screwdriver and pushing upward as you shift out of park. It might take a few times before the action is smooth again. This function was added due to a lawsuit in the 1990s - it prevents the transmission from engaging without actually pulling on the shift lever. You might also try fuse 26 on the passenger side fuse box. Good luck.
Did you happen to park on a slight hill? If so, try having some friends push the car upwards on the hill while you sit in the driver's seat and try to take it out of park. Be very ready to press the brake as soon as you feel it release! You wouldn't want to roll over your friends feet! :) The car should only need to move a few inches to get the "bind" out.
Repair Help & Product Troubleshooting for 2002 Ford Explorer
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