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Old 02-14-2011, 09:17 AM
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Won't Shift Into Park

Got to work this morning and went to put the truck into park and Felt the suttle bump of going into Reverse Fooled around with it and it seems that now Park is reverse and drive is Neutral. Thank goodness the parking break works.. I have heard of issue like this, What to I need to do to fix it?
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Don't know what truck you got, but its either a rod or a cable that needs a look at. In the past I had a 3/8 piece of rope tied to the trans shifter ear, running up through the 4x4 shifter boot, that I would pull to get her into park...necessity being the mother of invention.
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Sorry, The truck is a 95 f150 4x4 flareside. I believe it has a cable shift.
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Sounds like the cable stretched out enough that it won't allow the vehicle in park even when the dash reads it's in park.

Take a roll in the dirt underneath and locate the shifter on the trans. There should be a bolt and nut that hold the cable in place, and you should have about a 1/2 inch of play on either side. What you want to do is loosen that cable, make sure the truck is in park at the trans, then put the shift lever ALL THE WAY to park. The bolt should have moved a bit, and if you tighten it in it's new place, that should solve your problem.

Let me know how it works out

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Sounds like the cable stretched out enough that it won't allow the vehicle in park even when the dash reads it's in park.

Take a roll in the dirt underneath and locate the shifter on the trans. There should be a bolt and nut that hold the cable in place, and you should have about a 1/2 inch of play on either side. What you want to do is loosen that cable, make sure the truck is in park at the trans, then put the shift lever ALL THE WAY to park. The bolt should have moved a bit, and if you tighten it in it's new place, that should solve your problem.

Let me know how it works out
Thanks for the Info, I will check it out as soon as I get home.
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Before rolling in the dirt look at the bottom of your steering column under the dash and see if the bolt has come loose from the column shifter rod like it did on my 92.
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Before rolling in the dirt look at the bottom of your steering column under the dash and see if the bolt has come loose from the column shifter rod like it did on my 92.
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I will do that as well. Hoever, as my luck usually goes I will end up rolling around in the dirt.
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Got it fixed. It turned out that one of the bolts had worked its way out from the shifter on the column! EZ fix and is actually better than before,becuase I dont have any play
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