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The column shifter is stuck in reverse

I came home last night, reversing, I tried to shift into park, and it jammed and stuck in reverse.  I pressed on the brakes, and while completely stopped, I could not shift anywhere (not to neutral, not to drive, not to park).  I turned the steering wheel. Turned it off, turned the key back to the on location.  I couldn't get it to budge, and I didn't want to break it, so I shut it off and went to bed.  Any suggestions?
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  • tsallee Mar 11, 2009

    I have thw same problem. Came home last night. Thought I put the vehicle in park and turned off and went inside. THis morning it was stuck in R and will not start or change into another gear.

  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2009

    Similar problem in that I heard a "thunk" and it seems as though the gears are no longer engaging stay in a low gear even when I press down on the accelerator.

  • Anonymous Apr 19, 2009

    I just had the exact same thing happen to me last night, again. Although, I was leaving and tried to put it in drive and it wouldn't move. This happened once before and it was just the shifter cable that had come off. The mechanic fixed in it 5 minutes. Should not be an expensive fix but if it happens once, watch for it again. It seems to reoccur. I reccomend learning how to fix it yourself if you plan on keeping the car! I'm looking into that now!

  • brodis4 May 10, 2009

    "the column shifter is stuck in reverse" happen to me too!!!

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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: cannot put gear shifter on column into park,

sounds like the shift linkage has fell off
look under the hood of your car and have someone move the shifter
look for the movement and see is it is hooked up
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