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04 escape (mine). got in it yesterday to find out that i could not engage the shifter (auto on the column shift). so i shut off teh radio, and i could not hear the click of the release solenoid. i was at the park with my 4yr old. good thing she is smart. i had her sit in the drivers seat and press the brake peddle. i went to the back, and alas no brake lights. called my wife and she came and picked us up, i dropped them off got a multi meter, and removed the switch from the bracket. it failed the continuity test. so to get it home, i used my test leads and bypassed the switch by connecting the 2 prongs together, and put it in neutral. placed it back into park, locked it, drove back home and got my sister to come back with me rigged it up, got it started and my sister followed me home because i had no brake lights. called the ford dealer, none in stock. 7-10 day to get one. this morning i called UAP/NAPA and i will have a new switch in for tomorrow. and its the same price as the one from ford. some days im glad im a mechanic. because if i had to pay for all my repairs to this POS i would be completely broke.
 

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I'm glad you can fix this yourself.

It sure helps to know a few mechanical and electrical tricks, doesn't it?

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out of all the fords i have owned, my escape has been on the hook twice. and has had more repairs in one year of driving then any other one. (my escort cost me 350 in parts to safety and 100 to buy) and i only ever had to put a timing belt and water pump. the escape has blown a spark plug, required 2 wheel bearings, brakes, tires, the switch, transmission repairs,rear window defrost, hatch shock, i have a new battery but have not installed it yet and the alternator makes a weird noise. it could use a paint job but im not going to get that done. the clear coat is crap. my windstar i had, i put 100,000km on it and did tires, brakes, one hub, a coil, and of course typical maintenance fluids plugs and wires were all changed as part of routine maintenance. i had a 91 topaz that i got for 50 bucks. i put rear shocks on it, and rear brakes. thats it. and i wish i still had that car LoL. those are the ford vehicles i owned that i actually took care of. my rangers were all beat to crap, so stuff broke all the time but because of how i treated them it was to be expected. haha. only one of my chevy vehicles was towed. ever. (not counting parts cars and ones i had towed home when i purchased them) the day my escape is payed off im done with it. i might even trade it as soon as i have no negative equity in it.
 

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My next-door neighbor's 2006 HHR has been towed away from their house four times now, twice in the past week. When the dealer finished "fixing" it last Monday, they brought it home, parked it, and tried to start it a few hours later. The tow truck appeared again, taking the HHR away for three more days.

I never say anything in front of them, but they're die-hard GM fans. They also have a G6 sedan and a G6 coupe. I'm sure having the HHR towed away with the rest of the neighborhood watching was :censor: :cuss: :wall: :cuss: :censor: for them.

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The only problem I've had with any Ford since 2000 was a DPFE valve in my 2002 Explorer, and even then, that only caused a small stumble at part-throttle, and my dealer fixed it ten minutes after I drove it into the service department. My 2005 Escape, 2007 Edge, and 2008 Fusion have all been problem-free.
 

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jpark said:
I'm glad you can fix this yourself.

It sure helps to know a few mechanical and electrical tricks, doesn't it?

:D
...and a four year old daughter who sounds like a great assistant. :clap:
 

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She deserves a Blizzard.

 

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haha, we stopped at tim hortons and she got a chocolate milk. i got the switch today, and installed it she asked to help, so i got her to sit in the seat and push the brake pedal again so i could see if the brake lights are working. she is an excellent helper!.
 

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Good to hear you got it taken care of! Give your daughter a sucker on me!
 

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on a side note, when i called the ford dealer, they said it would be a week before i got the switch unless i wanted to drive 1hr to go get it at a different dealer. i called uap/napa and had the switch the next day.
 

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Is your NAPA dealer an Ideal Supply? They seem to be really, really good with that. Mine will often send the truck out to pick up parts for me on the same day - good luck trying to get that from Canadian Tire.

Canadian Tire still gets my business, though. Their funny money just keeps me coming back. :woohoo:
 
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