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List 1996 ford aerostar mini van stuck in park

Simply, once placed in park it will not come out of park without a lot of manipulation. Seems like one might break off the shift level (column shift/automatic). I have to park it in neutral with the key still in it and set the parking break. What can be causing this to lock up and is there an easy fix. Some have said that there is a loose linkage issue.

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SOURCE: Can't get my 2000 ford taurus out of park

The gear selector is locked until the system detects the brake pedal is being pressed, the brake circuit then sends a signal to the shifter release solenoid to pull a pin back and let you shift out of park, this is a safety feature required by federal law, U need to have someone see if the brake lights go on when you press the pedal, if they don't check the switch at the top of the brake pedal, if the brake lights work then the little solenoid is defective.

Posted on Oct 15, 2008

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SOURCE: 2001 Ford Focus shift button stuck in park

Had the same problem; brake lights worked, too. It freaked me out at first as I was far from home when it happened, but I used the override to get back out of park for a couple days (it's under that "dime sized cover" like snorkelboby said). I asked a mechanic who also thought it was a solenoid issue but turns out, my brakes shoes needed replaced and I haven't had the problem since. I assume since you have to apply the brakes to shift, it must have been the worn shoes...

Posted on Mar 31, 2009

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SOURCE: the column shifter is stuck in reverse

i have a 2001 escape xlt this happened to me and it was the clip on the transmission linkage that was broken...pretty cheap to fix

Posted on Apr 23, 2009

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SOURCE: my 1999 ford taurus wagon (automatic) will not go into gear. it comes out of park, but won't go into drive or reverse...you can just slide the shift on the column...it just slips through without stopp

the same thing is wrong with my ford and they told me it was the trans

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SOURCE: my ford exp. wont shift out of park the column

CHECK BRAKE LIGHT CIRCUIT(FUSE,BULBS,ETC.)THIS HAPPENED TO ME ALSO.GLAD I READ THE OWNERS MANUAL BFORE TAKING COLUMN APART.

Posted on Jan 05, 2010

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