Shift Lever Problem 1994 Ford F-150 Auto Transmission
My shift lever on my 1994 Ford F150 Auto Transmission has slipped and now I have difficulty putting the truck into park and have to search around for neutral in order to start the car. Is this something a lay person (somewhat mechanically adept) can fix or does this need to go to a transmission shop?
If a layman can do it, I'd appreciate some directions.
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Re: Shift Lever Problem 1994 Ford F-150 Auto Transmission
Can you see where rods/linkages go to transmission, or does it have cable shift set-up? Have you got that far yet, as in getting under & having a look? (with park brake on please, or blocks at wheels.)
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The linkage may be out of adjustment preventing the shifter from moving into reverse or park.
One way to test this is to disconnect the linkage and manually move the lever on the transmision making sure that it can be set into park. Also try moving the lever counting each click from park to low gear to make sure it is clicking into each gear. If this works then the linkage is probably out of adjustment.
On the link cable there is typically a bolt in an oval shaped metal near the transmission shift lever.
1)Detach the shift cable from the transmission shift lever
2)Put the transmision shift lever in the park position, and also the shifter in the cab
3)Loosen the adjustment bolt
4)Reattach the cable to the lever
5)Tighten the adjustment bolt in place
6)Confirm that you can shift through all of the gears
Hope this helps
Doesn't matter what gear it's in when you install it. Are you sure you got the shift lever installed right? With the truck not running, can you move the shifter around into all gears? If not, either the shift lever is not installed right, or the transmission has an internal fault. If you can't shift gears only when running, the clutch is not working. On Ford pick-ups with the clutch slave cylinder inside the bell housing of the transmission, best practice is to replace the slave cylinder along with the new clutch.
With the ebrake applied. Block all the wheels and disconnect the linkage at the transmission. Then see if you can move the shifter easy. if so check the transmission shift linkage. and see if it moves easy.
The first thing to check is the linkage. Sometimes the linkage will slip, Block the wheels on the car (both front and rear) to prevent rolling. Locate the shift linkage on your transmission, and loosen the nut. You should be able to move the shift lever through all the gears, including "P" and "R". Place the transmission shift lever in "Park" (on the transmission) then move the shift lever (inside the car) in the "P" position and tighten the nut (not a bad idea to use a new locking nut here) You should now be able to shift through all gears. If this does not work, you have a more serious problem that may include a worn or broken belt or broken parking pawl inside the transmission.
The weld on the manual lever is known to break loose. First, with the wheels off the ground, with the lever in the park position, does the drive shaft lock in park? If yes or no sometimes, drop the trans pan. I bet the nut on the lever camd loose.
Chances are it's all in the shift tower. There are pins and springs that hold it in place. When they become worn the lever can twist or move up and down, causing a real pain. If you take off the shift boot (four screws under folds of boot), you should be able to see the shift tower. I would check around for the best price on parts, but they should be readily available at your local dealership. Have the tranny in neutral before you start (for ease of reassembly).
I would check the linkage and if it is all connected and working then the problem is internal. A pump can go and leave no shavings or metal flakes in the pan.
To check the linkage put the truck on ramps, support it with jackstands crawl under the truck while someone sits in the drivers seat with the parking break on. Watch the linkage levers on the transmission as the person in the truck moves the shift lever (while firmly mashing the breaks) also listen for a distinct "clicking" sound in the transmission as it moves through the gears. Again if the linkage is okay and it sounds like things are moving with the shift leaver then the problem is most likely a worn pump.
The first thing to do on thoes Automatic Overdrives is to reset the Throttle Valve cable. At the throttle valve assy. find the cable at the rear (that goes down to the transmission). You don't have to take the cover off, but only if you want to. Place the transmission in neutral and set the parking brake. At the cable take a pocket screwdriver and pry the locking mechanism up. Its a little knurled so it dosen't slip when you push it back down with your thumb. With that up and the cable feels extremly loose grab an assistant. You and them go under the truck and at the shift shaft you both will find the Throttle Valve lever located outside of the shift shaft. Have your assistant pull that lever to the rear of the transmission with 8 lbs of force. Then you go back to the locking mechanism you just pulled up. While your assistant is holding that lever back take your thumb and push that locking mechanism down. Next, have your assistant let go and leave from under the truck. Put your throttle valve assy. dust cover back on (if you decided to remove it). Place your transmission back in park, then release the parking brake. Shut the hood. After that you will not be able to feel one single shift take place.