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My 98 Ford Explorer will not shift into park. I had some trouble with it not wanting to start when it was in park, now it won't shift into park. I have to put it neutral to start the vehicle.

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SOURCE: having trouble getting vehicle in park

Shift cable might have melted and have hard spot. Block wheels and put vehicle into neutral. Have someone else operate shifter to see if cable is the problem.

Posted on Jul 05, 2009

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SOURCE: 92 ford explorer. runs great. replaced vaccum

Sounds like the filter in the trans is plugged up. Should flush trans every 45,000 miles and replace filter and fulid. Its easier to take it in to a shop and have it done they use high pressure flush which will clean out the whole thing for about $200.

Posted on Jul 10, 2009

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SOURCE: I am unable to put it in park.

the shift cable is the problem,probably needs adjustment

Posted on Oct 12, 2009

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SOURCE: My 1999 ford explorer will not go into park;all other gears work

DIsconnext and reconnect the linkage at the transmission. You may want top replace the linkage cable all together. Make sure you set the parking break and block the tires

Posted on Apr 14, 2010

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You may have two problems here.
Neutral safety switch (for starting problems)
Shifter cable is the other.

Posted on May 21, 2010

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sounds like you have a bad shifter cable. its not to bad of a job to replace if you have some mechanical experience. then again you may want to take it to a repair shop, because its easier done with a lift handy

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