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Can't shift out of park.

(1996 Ford Taurus)
in Fort Wayne, IN on June 29, 2010
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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on 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.
on June 29, 2010
Thanks for the help, however I get a #404 error when trying to access your link.
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