Can't shift out of park. on 1996 Ford Taurus

I cannot shift my car out of park unless i turn the key to ACC. halfway to power up, and then put it into neutral. I can then start it, and shift normaly except back to park. then I have to repeat the above process. Happens all the time.

by in Fort Wayne, IN on June 29, 2010
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ANSWER by , June 29, 2010
There is a problem with your shift linkage and steering column. The ignition cylinder activates a linkage rod that is part of the shift control mechanism. If you have a tilt steering column, it may have a worn part, which I have seen first hand. here is a link to an online repair manual site, that will have diagrams to use to inspect your problem.
COMMENT by , June 29, 2010
Thanks for the help, however I get a #404 error when trying to access your link.