The cooling fans are only running if parking gear is selected in the steering column shifter. While driving, they never turn on, but pull into a space, park the car, pop the hood and go out to check, they turn on. What could this be? I've replaced the pigtail and sensor, and the fans turn on now, but only while in park. Please help, this is killing me. The engine is obviously getting too hot because the coolant begins to steam before it overflows from underneath the radiator cap. The first time this happened, I came back back from the store and saw the pubble under the car, checked the cap, and it was loose. Just got home, and the cap is tight, but the coolant rises rapidly and starts to spill from under the radiator cap with steam escaping along the sides. Have recently noticed a small pool of coolant on the lower corner lip of the expansion (recovery) tank with a trail of coolant running around the edge that seperates the upermost black portion from the lower black portion. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Cooling fans only run when gear is in park
Looking at a wiring diagram I see two relay's that control the cooling fans (has two ) High speed cooling fan relay , low speed cooling fan relay . Both relays are controlled by the PCM - engine computer . Your best bet , have it checked for DTC'S - diagnostic trouble codes . Could have control circuit problems .There are videos on youtube test relay controlled circuits . How to test at the relay base (where relay plugs into ) Test power an grounds an control . Do you know how the cooling fans work ? Coolant temp. sensor inputs temp to PCM . When coolant temp reach's 200 to 220 , the PCM will energize the relay's low speed then high if temp fails to come down . Can check this data on a good scan tool . Can even turn the fans on with a good scan tool .
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Does the vehicle start an run ?Can you turn the key to the off position ? And the key won't come out ? Did you try some key graphite ( lube ) ? New lock cylinder need maybe . Or is it a problem with
Steering Column Electric Park Lock
If the vehicle is equipped with a floor-mounted console gear shifter, an added safety feature is an steering column electric park lock system in the steering column. The steering column electric park lock system prevents the steering wheel from being locked when the transmission is in gear and the vehicle may be moving. The column ignition lock system consists of a steering column electric park lock and a park position switch, that is located in the A/T shift lock control switch. The steering column electric park lock contains a spring-loaded pin that mechanically prevents the ignition key cylinder from being turned to the Lock position when the transmission is not in the Park position. If vehicle power is lost or the transmission is not in the Park position, the operator will not be able to turn the ignition key to the Lock position and will not be able to remove the ignition key from the column.
If the car starts in first, it sounds like you have a problem with the lock cable. There should be a cable from steering column to shifter that prevents the shifter from moving out of park.
Remove the center console and examine the cables. Disconnect the one from the steering column and see if that frees up the shifter. If it does, you will need to find out what is jamming the steering column. Check the cable for frays 1st. Then make sure you didn't drop something down the center console, last look at the cable connection behind the ignition key.... when you are poking around the steering column, disconnect the battery and let is sit for a few minutes or you risk the air-bags blowing up in your face.
A long time ago, I melted a gear shift cable when I didn't have a good ground on the engine block. When the car started, the power when through the shifter cable and it must have gone red hot and melted.
look on the ****** there is a little arm switch that you can click all the way down to put the vehicle
in park. you may need a new shifter cable and/or the clips to hold it
in place. also look in the steering column to ensure the cable is still
in place Car category to stay in line with the rules here. The Escape and
tribute are the same car. Since you do not plan to fix this yourself
then I will tell you how to work around this so you can get it to the
dealer.This can be dangerous so be careful and use a helper. Set
the parking brake firm and remove the steering column shroud components
per below instructions. Once you get the shiter cable disconnected from
the steering column. Then you can manually shift the transaxle. You
pull and push the cable to work through the gears. You will feel it
click in every gear. Park will show the most resistance since it is
spring loaded. Once you get it in park. Start the car and make sure the
steering will turn and not lock up. If it steers fine and starts then
have a helper also hold the brakes while running and pull the shifter
cable one click to reverse and one click to neutral and then one more to
drive. You can now drive it to the dealer for repair. The concern is
going to lie in the shifter handle below the steering wheel requiring
tools and isassmbly knowledge to repair. But the dealer can fix this for
you.If you want the safiest method then that would be a tow
truck, but you did not ask of this thus me including an alternate
Try this....I know it sounds silly, but I had an old galaxy that did this same thing....
After you put the car in park, (I am guessing it is on the steering column), do NOT let the shifter go into it's "parked" position, but rather, leaving it in park, pull the shift lever toward you, but do NOT move it out of park. Kind of like you have to do when you are going to pull the shifter out of park, and into another gear, ya know? While holding the shifter in that position, NOW try to remove the keys. Did this work?
It is a Safety Switch, that some vehicles have. However, if the shifter never had the problem before, and suddenly, it is doing this, you may have a small broken part inside the steering column, that will not allow the ignition and steering components to LOCK.
there is a small cable/string attached to the steering column part of the shifter. when you move the shifter it pulls the cable/string, which moves the lever in the cluster on the PRNDL display. basically look carefully at where the shifter base is and you should find the cable/string thing, and reattach it.
There is a small cable attached to the shift lever that runs up to the ignition switch on the steering column. If it gets stuck, your shift lever won't move out of park and your key can get stuck and you won't be able to pull it out.
Drop the steering column down and detach the cable to free up your shifter and/or key. Make sure to replace it as soon as possible as it is a safety feature.
This Is Park Lock Cable Failure here is the Replacment Procedure
Park Lock Cable Replacement
Disconnect the negative battery cable.
Remove the console.
Remove the knee bolster.
Loosen the lower steering column bracket bolts.
Lower the steering column.
Place the transmission shift lever in the PARK position. Important: Do not proceed to the next step with the key in any position other than the RUN position.
Turn the ignition key to the RUN position.
Insert a screwdriver blade into the slot provided in the ignition switch inhibitor.
Depress the cable latch. Pull the control cable from the inhibitor.
Push the cable connector lock button at the shifter base to the up position.
Unsnap the cable from the park/lock lever pin.
Depress the two cable latches. Remove the control cable latches from the automatic transmission control.
Remove the control cable clips.
Important: When installing a new park/lock cable, keep the shipping cover gauge attached until you are instructed to detach it. The shipping cover gauge will aid in the proper positioning of the cable.
Ensure that the cable lock button is in the up position. Place the shift lever in the PARK position.
Snap the control cable connector into the automatic transmission control.
Place the ignition key in the RUN position. Important: Do not insert the cable with the key in any position other than the RUN position.
Snap the control cable into the inhibitor housing until the snap lock is seated.
Remove the shipping cover gauge.
Turn the key to the LOCK position.
Snap the control cable end onto the shift park/lock lever pin.
Push the cable connector hose forward in order to remove any slack.
With no load applied to the connector nose, snap the cable connector lock button down. Important: Inspect for proper operation of the park/lock control cable before installing the steering column to the instrument panel.
There is a small string-like cable incased in a plastic tubing that runs from the instrument cluster housing that the indicator sits in, the opposite end is looped onto a hook on the shifter on the steering column. Follow the plastic tubing till you get to the end. There should be a tiny adjusting gear with threads. Turn the gear until your indicator aligns with the correct gear. (Note: you must disassemble the column trim to see the tube)
I'm guessing your gran prix is a floor shifter? if so, sitting in drivers seat have car running,put your foot on the brake,and move the shifter to first gear,while you are doing this watch the steering cover behind the steering wheel rotate also.when you see the column cover moving bring the shifter back to the park position,while watching which way the column is rotating,when you get to park put your hand around the bottom of that rotating column cover and turn it up further and remove your key.the shifter cable needs to be adjusted some
Remove the instrument panel cover below the steering column, then remove the steering column shrouds to gain access to the brake transmission shift interlock (BTSI) solenoid. The solenoid is part of the interlock cable assembly.
Disconnect the wire connector from the rear of the BTSI solenoid.
Insert the ignition key and turn it to the ON position.
With the brakes applied, try moving the shifter out of the PARK position.
If the lever now moves freely in and out of PARK, perform the Circuit Test below.
If the shift lever still does not move from the PARK position, remove the BTSI solenoid from the shift lever assembly. If the shift lever now moves freely in and out of the park position, the BTSI solenoid is faulty and the interlock cable must be replaced. If the shift lever still does not move from the park position, the problem is in the shift lever assembly or the ignition interlock cassette