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1998 Lincoln will not shift out of park

1998 Lincoln continental will not shift out of park. Will not release.

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  • tomboyd Feb 25, 2009

    It's my fathers car in another state thanks for the support I will forward your answer and will post if it is the problem. Thank you very much. Tom Boyd

  • tomboyd Mar 10, 2009

    Yes, my dad took it to the dealer, kept it overnight and could not get it to freeze up. It could be the switch is going out a little at a time till it goes out. Thanks for the advice will send it to my dad.

  • Chuck Martin
    Chuck Martin May 11, 2010

    make sure you have brake lights,this is what triggers the shifter solenoid.

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    shift will not change gears

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The brake light switch on these boats are notorious for shorting out. Try replacing that or having it checked

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Tom:

If this is the case you should be able to get it out of park so he can get it somewhere to get it fixed. He can turn the igntion switch on but stop just short of activating the electronics,then he should be able to get it from park to neutral so he can start it and drive it.

Posted on Feb 25, 2009

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