Transmission Shifter is Hard To Move on Ford Five Hundred

Problem Description and Possible Solution

Binding of the shifter slider can make the transmission shifter difficult to move. Replacing the bezel should fix this problem.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 81,505 (20,000–147,000)
Drive Trains affected: AWD, FWD
3 model years affected: 2005, 2006, 2007
18 people reported this problem
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I had the same problem with the shifter not wanting to move. The black strip would bunch up and I'd not be able to get it to move. Took it to our local dealer. He sprayed it with silicone spray and then gave me the rest of the can in case it happened again. No problems since then. My dealer could have told me anything was wrong with the car, but he tried this first. I am very happy.
shifter is difficult to pull out of park
Have had this problem since 10,000 miles or so. Thought it was just dirty/sticky, but cleaning it did no good.
Very difficult to shift out of park. Have to continually turn steering wheel and engaging the brakes while trying to be able to get the shifter out of park. Sometimes it takes 10 to 15 minutes to finally get it to work. Not fixed yet. Not sure I can afford it.
The shifter gets stuck in park on a regular basis. Very frustrating.
Not fixed currently. Working on a solution
GEAR SHIFTER STICKS AND LATELY TAKES A WHILE TO ENGAGE.
NOT FIXED YET. WONDERING ABOUT RECALL OF THIS PROBLEM.
Gearshift binds up on the black strip making it extremely hard to get it into drive
The rubber strip around my shifter is bunching up, making it hard to put it in drive. Then, sometimes it comes out of drive when I'm going down the road.
Somtimes hard to take out of park.