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Hi everybody,

I have been having quite the headscratcher with this one. I recently started having issues with my 2015 escape where I was receiving the "transmission not in park" message when trying to start and not shifting out of park - no crank, no start. I do a little research and read a couple of threads about replacing the bushing. I take a look and the bushing is fine. Then I see other articles about replacing the brake light indicator/brake light fuse. I replace those and it starts. Great! A day later I get in my car and no crank, no start, and doesn't shift out of park. I do a little more research and see a post about somebody having the same issue. To resolve it, they opened up the high amp fuse box that sits in front of the battery (not the regular fuse box, but the one where the positive wire runs into) and they tighten the connections. I do the same and noticed that a majority of the connections were very loose. After I tighten, the car starts. So I take it out for a short drive and the engine cuts off WHILE DRIVING and the display reads, "transmission not in park". And it won't crank or start after my car slows to a halt. Now I'm having trouble finding a solution that fits this experience - of the car dying, and displaying that message while they were driving. I'm almost certain this has to be an electrical issue or a system failure of some kind, but I am a novice when it comes to car maintenance. If anybody has had this kind of issue and was able to resolve it, please let me know.

Just a quick list of what I have done so far:
-Confirmed bushing was intact
-Changed brake light indicator
-Confirmed brake fuse not blown
-Tightened connections in high amp fuse box

Thanks!
 

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#1 make sure there are no open recalls on this car
take a picture of your Vin
go to nhtsa input your vin
It will tell you if there are any open recalls on your car

one other possibility a bad battery or corrosion on the negative post
batteries only have a life of 3 to 4 years
 

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#1 make sure there are no open recalls on this car
take a picture of your Vin
go to nhtsa input your vin
It will tell you if there are any open recalls on your car

one other possibility a bad battery or corrosion on the negative post
batteries only have a life of 3 to 4 years
Thanks for taking the time to reply. The battery was replaced about a month ago. I took the time to clean the corrosion off the negative post after I put it in. I also reset the BMS. No recalls on this particular vehicle. Going to try and get a mobile mechanic to run the codes on this, but not optimistic about the outcome
 

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I don't know whether this is any help but may be worth checking..similar problem to yours.

Also, it may not be related but just ensure the battery negative ground connection on the firewall area is tight and you cannot move it around on the bolt as this has been known to affect many things.
 

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Had the same thing happen in my Ford Transit Connect right before I got a new company vehicle. Dealer replaced the battery. Also, as someone else suggested, check the negative ground connection.
 

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Hi everybody,

I have been having quite the headscratcher with this one. I recently started having issues with my 2015 escape where I was receiving the "transmission not in park" message when trying to start and not shifting out of park - no crank, no start. I do a little research and read a couple of threads about replacing the bushing. I take a look and the bushing is fine. Then I see other articles about replacing the brake light indicator/brake light fuse. I replace those and it starts. Great! A day later I get in my car and no crank, no start, and doesn't shift out of park. I do a little more research and see a post about somebody having the same issue. To resolve it, they opened up the high amp fuse box that sits in front of the battery (not the regular fuse box, but the one where the positive wire runs into) and they tighten the connections. I do the same and noticed that a majority of the connections were very loose. After I tighten, the car starts. So I take it out for a short drive and the engine cuts off WHILE DRIVING and the display reads, "transmission not in park". And it won't crank or start after my car slows to a halt. Now I'm having trouble finding a solution that fits this experience - of the car dying, and displaying that message while they were driving. I'm almost certain this has to be an electrical issue or a system failure of some kind, but I am a novice when it comes to car maintenance. If anybody has had this kind of issue and was able to resolve it, please let me know.

Just a quick list of what I have done so far:
-Confirmed bushing was intact
-Changed brake light indicator
-Confirmed brake fuse not blown
-Tightened connections in high amp fuse box

Thanks!
Had the same thing happen last year,mine was water,yes water in the transmission.the cause was not the radiator but the transmission oil cooler which sits on top of the transmission itself.it developed an internal leak which allowed water to get into the tranny.check the coolant reservoir,if it is frothy and smells like oil,it's the oil cooler.how you make sure is to check the engine oil,if it is clean with not signs of water in the oil then it will be the Trans oil cooler.as I understand some had the tow package which ran the cooler through the radiater.it just takes an ounce of water in the transmission to mess up the switch.if yours has the Trans cooler that sits on top of the tranny,that's the first thing I would look for.
 
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