This morning, I shifted the truck into Drive and the handle went all the way down to "1". I fiddled with it and it went into Reverse, Neutral and Drive but it won't go into Park. I dropped the column and found the shifter mechanism housing was broken in half. What is the technical name for that mechanism so I can search for a new one without sounding like an idiot?
my cd for a 1996 shows the shaft name as "shift control assembly"
the two clamps that hold it down is called "gearshift lever socket and bushing"
is the shaft broken or is it possible that the lever on the end is loose
the bolts at the end are known to come loose
I Googled the first part number and found several places where this repair has been made. Lincolns and Mustangs use the same parts so this seems to be a fairly common problem with the automatics possibly due to the shift cable thats dry or dragging, causing too much stress on the tube.