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97 thunderbird will not come out of park

The car will not shift out of park if the engine is running.if the battery is dead the car will shift,what could be the problem?

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  • bigphame2000 Jan 06, 2009

    1997 Thunderbird will not shift out of park. what ca I do?

  • ekis44 Feb 07, 2009

    I have the same problem on my '97 T-bird. The manual override (ign. switch to acc. and move shifter to N) does not help either.
    Brake lights and all other electrics work.

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Shift lock switch needs adjusting or replaceing, there should be a manual override at the shifter check your owners manual

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