Q: I have a 1999 Ford Escort. It will start but won't come out of park unless the ignition lights come on?

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I have a 1999 Ford Escort. It will start but won't come out of park unless the ignition lights are on. Have to keep playing with the key to get it to work. What could this be????

My car has 139000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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