I have a 2003 Ford Focus that over the past few days has found itself stuck in park. When I start the engine, the release doesn’t trigger and I have to use the manual release in order to move the gearshift level to drive. The same happens if I’ve been driving, stop and put it back in park–the release button is locked and I have to use the manual release.
My owner’s manual suggests that I may have a blown fuse or my brakelamps may not be operating. My brakelamps are, so I’m looking to check the fuses.
My confusion now is coming from which fuse I need to check, and whether its in the fuse panel or power distubution box. The manual has a handy chart showing right where to look, but I don’t know what I am looking for.
I’m not too saavy with working on vehicles, should I just take it to a mechanic or is this something I can check and replace myself if blown?