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Got into my 97 crown vick today crank it up depress break as always went to shift to reverse and it was locked into park try to no avail do you have any ideas whats wrong

Raised column up and down nothing

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Confirm that there is no debris hung up in any of the linkage (any where). If the ignition key locks the tranny shifter, then this can be your focus -- something has come apart at the key barrel (inside column. (if not) Then check the linkage that the brake disengages to allow the tranny linkage to be moved. (if not that) Check the tranny linkage to ensure all pcs are still in place and have clips in place.

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