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Steering wheel turns, but no gear shifting possible

Assumed it was ignition switch, because of resistance felt in switch. No luck, so changed starter, only to find out that the old one was faulty, yet the problem still existed. Then I changed the solenoid, with the same results, only to find myself feeling like an idiot when I realized that "yeah, the steering wheel IS turning, so that means that the transmission is the problem, because it SHOULD be able to shift into gear, out of PARK! I found that there is a shop nearby with a good reputation for working on steering columns. My only problem now is to finish taking the column out. Everything is loose & disconnected but the linkage, & I believe that it should just pull out from that point, but I don't have any diagram of the anatomy of the whole column to make sure I don't miss something.

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My Expedition is STUCK in PARK! It will start up just fine but will NOT go in to gear had to put it gear manually and drive it home that way so I know it is NOT the transmission.. I need a diagram of the steering column.

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It sounds like you have a bad neutral safety switch..there is always a by pass for this..i would like to know if this is for the expedition....if you can put the column back together..just turn the key to the acc position and pull the gear selector n to neutral ..start the car in neutral and be on your way with out being stuck

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