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Shift "freezes"in Park until the inside of the car is warmed up

I cannot shirt out of Park until the inside of the car is warmed up. It acts like it is frozen. This happens when the outside temperature is below 20 degrees.

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My 95 Windstar van had a solenoid that required you put your foot on the brake before you could get it out of gear. that is possibly sticking because of the cold or the relay that controls that needs to be replaced.

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