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Transmission shifter loose, won't stay in park, and have to push lever to the left to start engine

What is the problem here, getting worse over time. Costly repair? 1999 Expedition

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Rick,I had the same proplem with 96 Explorer.It can be fixed,but I had to take mine to the garage.It wasn't as cheap as I thought it would be.Sorry

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I had the same problem. Remove the fuse panel, look up under the dash, move your shift lever back and forth and you will see the shift linkage. There are two screws that will back themselves out over time. It will be a star head bolt. Tigthen them all the way down and it will shift like new.

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Check to see is your brake lights are coming on when you press the pedal if they do not come on your brake light switch is bad or the fuse for the brake lights is blown

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you will have to fix the shifter or re place the hole stearin colum . i had to do the same to my ford f250

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Sounds like your shifter bushings are worn out. Depending on the year of your van it can be a fairly easy fix.

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99 Expedition has an electronic shifter on the tranny, so only way i know is take it to a tranny shop, sorry, call junk yards and see what the cost is for the electronic shifter but thinks they wont sell seperate from tranny. good luck, probably a dealer part which is Too Fllipping much for anyuthing from Dealers they are a total rip off shop! True story

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