Question about 1996 Ford Explorer

1 Answer

Will not go into park

A screw fell out from under dash on drivers side and now the lever will not go into park, other than that the trans seems okay

Posted by on


1 Answer

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert that hasĀ over 10 points.


    An expert whose answer gotĀ voted for 2 times.

    Problem Solver:

    An expert who has answered 5 questions.

  • Contributor
  • 15 Answers

This is a very common problem with ford trucks. the screw is gold in color and uses a torx? simply apply a bit of loc-tite and screw it back in. it goes on the bracket that attaches the shift lever to your shift cable. put the seat all the way back and look straight up next to your brake pedal you will see what im talking about. good luck!

Posted on Feb 09, 2010

  • ken peterson Nov 08, 2010

    Thanks a lot for this description--right down to the appearance of the screw. Same thing happened to my daughter's Explorer and this posting probably saved me hours.



1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi there,
Save hours of searching online or wasting money on unnecessary repairs by talking to a 6YA Expert who can help you resolve this issue over the phone in a minute or two.

Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.

Here's a link to this great service

Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

How to fix the linkage on the transmission on 2001 Lincoln navigator

First thing is to get safety glasses,block wheels securely !!...set emergency brake..,get a good flashlight.Disconnect negative battery cable...Some can wear inside the steering column,some can be a worn linkage cable ...The lever on the transmission located under vehicle Trans at lower part of trans,driver side can become loose or possibly damaged...First get under vehicle with safety glasses and observe operation of the lever where shift cable is mounted while assistant puts it in park...make sure the trans shift lever mounting nut is tight before shifting..If assistant can't get it in park use your hand and push forward on the linkage arm and it should go into park manually...If this is the problem you need to change shift cable...Some wear inside the column where steering wheel is mounted..If cab shifter feels very loose ..You will have to remove steering wheel and column cover to inspect."..The cable runs from trans to the steering column..Look between gas and brake pedal and verify cable coming up through floor board and runs to steering column...Double check shifter lever at trans is tight because it is mounted on a splined stud and it can strip the stud threads if it becomes loose..If loose remove lever and inspect splines for damage..Call dealer and make sure they have the part..Remove old cable from trans and put it in park with your hand...Remove and replace cable..Be sure lever inside cab and lever on the trans are both fully engaged into park while cable is removed before installing new cable....Attach new cable.....

Oct 16, 2014 | 2001 Lincoln Navigator

1 Answer

A screw flew out of column when i went to put it into drive.

the screw fell out of shifter selector. look under the dash above brake.find metal bracket that has a screw it connects to the shift lever. to make it easy with your left hand move shifter you will see bracket move. it should have two screws in it.

Feb 25, 2014 | 1998 Ford F150 Regular Cab

1 Answer

2003 Chevrolet Cavalier automatic won't shift to park and reverse its stuck on neutral and drive

I think it is linked to the Starter Interlock system and probably a switch on the Brake pedal lever under the dash.

There is suppose to be a safety system(check brake lights) which prevents starting the car without a foot on the Brake or without the car in Park.

Some makers may allow starting in Neutral like the old days; but the intention of the system was to prevent runaway cars from moving when the Gearshift lied about being in Park.

I know that the system had to be adjusted "referred to as timed" so that the shift linkage, Brake pedal switch and sometimes Ignition switch had to be in the right place for everything to work.

Reading your problem it is evident that part of the system was crippled for some time, and finally fell apart on you.

Possibly your shifter indicates D when it is in another gear and that the linkage is binding and preventing the correct selection of gears.

You could securely jack a rear wheel off the ground and disconnect the trans linkage. Have an assistant operate the gearshift and see if it makes sense and if it is binding. If the shifter seems okay, your only choice is to try to operate the shift lever sticking out of the trans. Engine OFF. To see if valve body in trans is rough.

Alternative is to tow it to a Repair shop for diagnosis. Notice I did not say Trans shop. You don't know if you need a Trans shop yet. So taking it somewhere where they do not install Transmissions will go further in getting only what is necessary fixed.

Please rate my info, I hope it helps.

Nov 16, 2012 | Chevrolet Cavalier Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

How to release emergency brake

Hello: Look under the dash on the driver side, above the foot pedal for the park brake you will see the park brake assembly there will be a small lever possibly with a yellow tip. pull back on the lever and it should release the park brake.

Oct 27, 2010 | 1999 Cadillac DeVille

1 Answer

Drove truck under carport went to shut down and wouldnt go to park, got it to shut off but now wont turn over. checked elec plug on trans. and it was on any suggestions. i did check a couple fuses no...

Your transmission shift cable may be bad, if you take it off road, live in the salt belt, or have a leak under your dash like me. My problem seemed to be at the splice/connection in the cable under the body just below the drivers side door. Try disconnecting the cable at the transmission or at the splice, with the parking brake on and the wheels choked, push the transmission shifter on the side of the transmission into park (as it is the easiest to find) or push/pull the free end of the cable from the splice/connector point and then see if it cranks. If you have 4wd, it would be safest to do this with the transfer case in N if you can. Cable ran be about $135 I think at the dealer, only 2 of the 4 in town had it in stock, but that tells me they must go out often.

Feb 01, 2010 | 2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

1 Answer

Shift lever mechanism broken

I've got the same truck. I had the shift lever malfunction as well.
Look on the floor in the driver's area for a small bolt... don't throw it out.
What happened on mine was a gear shift linkage connection under the dash (to flanges attached with 2 small bolts) came loose and one of the bolts fell out.
Best way to check if this is your problem: if you take the fuse panel access cover off (driver's side lower dash by the door) , then while looking up at the underside of the column, wiggle the shift lever. You'll see the flange and bolts just off the the right of the column.
If this is the problem and you can find the bolt, reinstall and tighten both bolts.
Let me know if this isn't what wrong and we'll help further.

Sep 18, 2009 | 2000 Ford F250 Super Duty Crew Cabs

1 Answer

Shift lever is loose and won't shift

Yes you can repair it your self, check under the dash where the trans cable hooks to the shift lever, where the eye of the cable hooks on there are two screws, if these are loose the truck will still shift but the free play makes slack and the cable will not move all the way. If this piece is not loose you will have to lower the steering column and check this shaft, they are know to split in two and with the column down they are easy to change.

May 10, 2009 | 1992 Ford F150 SuperCab

1 Answer

Shifter is stuck in park

The shift cable is off the lever on the trans...the dash indicator states drive but the shifter is in park. Look under the drivers side of the trans, next to the catalytic converter(make sure the truck is cooled off) the trans cable will not be attached to the tranny lever-re-attach and you will be able to get it home or to a shop for a repair. This happened to me already, simple fix.

Rob Davis
2003 H2

Mar 11, 2009 | 2003 Hummer H2

2 Answers

Will not go into park

have seen this many times on vehicles that have been on gravel get stuck behind the tranny range sensor and will not allow you to shift into check find range sensor on drivers side of tranny it is black and is where the shift cable connects to tranny.clear out any debris.

Aug 03, 2008 | 2005 Ford Expedition

Not finding what you are looking for?
1996 Ford Explorer Logo

Related Topics:

136 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Ford Experts


Level 3 Expert

79865 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22326 Answers


Level 3 Expert

5687 Answers

Are you a Ford Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides