Why automatic. Transmission won't go to park
There can be binding problems with a switch which makes sure the gearshift is in Park or Neutral to enable the starter to crank. It is a safety lockout. The shifter can also have a cable which may stretch or break at the mount. Some are adjustable and yours would either now be too short or too long and need adjustment.
Finally, there is a brake switch which must be pressed to release the gearshift from Park or neutral. It may be in the way and not allow the gearshift to return to Park.
Manufacturers put in the safety switches to prevent starting an engine with the transmission in gear. Many worked 2 ways. They would prevent the engine from cranking unless your foot was on the brake and/or the shifter would not come out of Park without a foot on the brake pedal after the engine was running.
You can get free Video instructions from Utube and other media. Look up your shifter and see if someone has made a Video for you to watch. Go to a parts site and look up your shift cables.
Jul 25, 2014 |
1997 Ford Taurus