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My 2001 F150 won't shift into park.... It will shift into every other gear but park. Unless I go under the truck and manually turn the linkage back into park. Any ideas of what the problem may be?

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Gday mate,geoff here, now on your shifter if column shift there is an adjustment where it goes down the box from the steering column under the hood and if stick shift should be just under the console, alternitiveley the rubber grommets on the linkage are worn and need replacement, some fuel hose will surfice here if the grommets are unavailable at the parts counter, hope this helped, geoff.

Posted on Feb 11, 2012

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    geoff Feb 11, 2012

    Also Ford had Bad problem and subsequent recall due to vehicle slipping into reverse and taking off backwards,check that your vehicle may / maynot be covered by such a recall, geoff.

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