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Shift linkage problem on 2000 ford focus have to put car in park from underneath car in order for car to start car will not shift normally

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Either the shift cable or the neutral safety switch is out of adjustment. Be sure no bolts or jam nuts are loose, then adjust the cable shorter to make the lever go all the way to park. Also make sure the cable brackets that hold the cable in place are secure

Posted on Jun 23, 2009

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