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Shifter cable may have broken. Have seen Fords cable ends wear out where it attaches to transmission linkage.
Likely you have a seat heat element that is shorting out. Control module may be seeing too much resitance and shuting system down. Compatible scan tool can check that system for fault codes.
The engine has a sensor that detects the engine oil level and oil tempuature. Possibly the sensor could have failed. Typically the message center would say "check engine oil level".
It has a speed sensor typically on the transmission that sends a signal to PCM computer and instrument cluster. Generaly we use a scan tool to see if speed sensor is sending a signal. Could be a bad sensor, problem with wiring, PCM, and most often a failed instrument cluster.
You may have a vacume leak causing the fast idle. Also have seen a stuck PCV valve cause this a few times.
I have checked there estimator guide against what we charge and have it to be very accurate most of the time. As you may have noticed that it gives a high to low average for both independant and dealers. You might want to call your local shop or dealer for a phone quote to compare.
Common problem that the heater core gets clogged. We have had some sucess with backflushing the heater core versus replaceing it.
Could be a number of different things....but a failed timing belt comes tomy mind.
If the power steering motor can only be shut off by removing power to it, the control module, which is part of the pump, is bad, and the pump needs to be replaced. Check that the power steering pump cooling fan operates with the radiator cooling fan - if it does not, the power steering pump can overheat and this will shorten its life