Hi, My 1999 truck is having a shifter problem. It doesn't seem to go into park all the way so I have to use my emergency brake. Most of the time when I go to start it, it doesn't without having to turn the key part on and put it into neutral. I need to figure out what the problem is, I'm afraid the gears aren't going to work at all pretty soon. Any suggestions?
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it sounds like the cut out switch on the shifter is out of adjustment which explains why it will start in neutral only . it is designed as a safety measure to stop the car being started in any position other than neutral or park. if you have a look at how to remove the console or shrouding to the shifter its self you should be able to locate the switch as it will be on the shifter there close by and it will wave a electrical connector as well . look at how the switch works in the working neutral position then move the shifter to park and adjust so it makes the correct position and contact . after repair replace all covers and check for proper operation and lock out . hope you find this helpful
replacing transmission?????nonsence!!! i can tell this is an automatic trans setup, not standard. lets start here. put car in PARK and turn key on so the dash comes on. do not start car. step on the brake pedal several times slowly and listen for audible sound coming from the shifter area. you should hear clicking sound everytime yo uhit the brake. that is the shift lock solenoid releasing the mechanism indside of the shifter assembly so you can get the car out of park and into gear. you may have an issue with the shifter assembly it self. if no clicking sound is heard, it will need to be diagnosed fruther. the solenoid can not be purhcsed separatelly. shifter assembly only. start with the listening procedure and let me know.
This could be the problem. If your dash indicator is showing reverse but the transmission is in park it could be the safety switch. I'm not talking about the safety switch in the transmission though. In automatics they put a second switch to kill the starter from engaging. You need to adjust the linkage. If your shifter isn't actually on the column but the indicators are there is a cable that attaches the floor shift to the column and that is adjustable. Put the Floor shifter in Park and turn the column section nearest the dash by hand until you find park. Then adjust the cable length as needed. If all you have is the column shift it is still a cable adjustment. Set the emergency brake, drop the shifter to low 1 and adjust the cable linkage by loosening it on the transmission and manually move it all the way to low 1 then tighten it down then move the shifter to park and repeat teh adjustment process to verify that it is properly aligned. Lock the linkage back down and see if the vehicle will start, if it doesn't move the shifter to neutral and try to start the vehicle if the vehicle starts then check the column shift safety switch at the park position to make sure it is still in place and working. Typically, if the vehicle won't start in Park or Neutral it is more likely to be the Transmission neutral safety switch.
There is most likely too much play in the shifter linkage. Block the wheels on the truck and crawl under and watch the linkage as someone moves it back and forth from park to low. There is probably a lot of play in it and you will have to get that out. I'm not as familiar with that body style as I am with the pre 88 but it is similar. There should be a threaded part on it to make adjustments. Only turn it a couple of turns and then check it. If this won't fix it then you will probably have to get inventive and make some bushings and spacers. Seems to me that the last time I went to the dealer looking to fix sloppy linkage, my wallet got scared. I used copper pipe to make bushings and washers to take the side play out of joints. Hope this helps.
You need to replace and adjust your transmission range sensor switch. (also known as neutral safety switch) It is located under the air cleaner ducting on the top of the transmission under the lever where the shifter cable attaches.