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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.

Thank you.


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  • Ron Fredey Jul 26, 2009

    Thank you for your prompt response.

    Yes, I've located the rod assembly on the side of the transmission.

    Any advice from there is appreciated.


  • Ron Fredey Jul 27, 2009

    Thanks for your help and the diagram. The problem was under the dashboard where a nut had come off of the linkage connection. The nut was replaced and the problem solved. Thanks for your help.



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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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    Mike Butler Jul 26, 2009

    You should see a spot where linkage is adjustable by transmission. Have someone, with engine off & brakes on, move shifter slowly while you watch how linkage moves from column to linkage at pivot area. There should be an adjustment there. A nut & bolt from rod running from column should be in a slotted piece. Back that bolt /nut off, and make sure helper holds it in park good, and you move linkage at transmission all the way that it will go in same direction it is traveling, then tighten nut/bolt again. See what happens and let me know.

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    Mike Butler Jul 26, 2009

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