Starter problems on 1998 Mercury Grand Marquis

You can start it by tapping the key and won't start in park. Its sounds as if its hitting the flywheel and is always engaged.
Took the old starter off it was burnt up put new one on still does the same thing. Any ideas?

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need to check neutral switch on transmission. also if shifter loose, arm on bottom of shift column loose.