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1996 Ford Taurus Question: Can't shift out of park.

 

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forrestcraig, 3.0L V6, Fort Wayne, IN, June 29, 2010, 17:11
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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.

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    June 29, 2010, 17:56
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    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.

    http://bit.ly/mitchell_repair_manuals_online

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    forrestcraig, June 29, 2010, 17:58
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    Thanks for the help, however I get a #404 error when trying to access your link.

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