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My PRNDL don't work, loose shift indicator won't go into gear. Plenty of transmission fluid, no obvious wear or breakage, what do I do now?

2001 mercury grand marquis starts fine but shift indicator just slides back and forth not going into any 'gear'

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    iamdgroh Nov 30, 2012

    when it stopped raining i traced shift cable back to transmission and found that the connection between cable and transmission acuator lever had rusted right off. now the question is do i have to replace the entire cable assembly or can i just replace the rusted away end,.

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When you turn the key to the ON position are there any instrument lights on the dash? Does the radio work? If not, dead battery.


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Posted on Nov 27, 2012

  • iamdgroh
    iamdgroh Nov 27, 2012

    car starts and runs fine, just can't move it. but thank you for your help

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Several things could be causing your problem:

  1. Auto transmission fluid is low
  2. Auto transmission fluid needs changing; this is an area that gets neglected by a lot of people;check the fluid and if its brown or gives off a burning smell, it needs changing. Very old transmission fluid will cause slipping in the transmission; if this is the case, it should be changed along with the filter
Hope you find that this answers your question. Best of luck.
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p.s. If you have the fluid changed, make sure it's done from the tranmission pan, not through the filler tube; siphoning through the filler tube can be hazardous to the transmission, especially cars with a lot of miles

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The plastic rod ends on the cable assy that goes between the shft lever in the colum and the transmittion are worn. I change the cable for the same reason last week and that fixed the problem.
The cable part number is MZEC01-46-500E the price from the Mazda dealer was US $ 64.98. Is easy to change all you need is aphillips screw driver & pliers

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If it happened to me, I'd first check the shift cable and/or trans pawl to see if I had it properly aligned

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Sounds like the blower relay is sticking. I would check that first.

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