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1997 ford thunderbird

It will not go in gear when it is running it is stuck in park

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  • lynette96 Aug 09, 2008

    96 t bird with same problem, specific to the mornings when it is cold. Will go into gear after I've let it run or rev the engine for awhile. Break lights are ok.

  • Anonymous Sep 21, 2008

    same thing, but when i put in in neutral it didn't move AND it was parked on a hill !!!!! sounds like the transmission linkage ( cable )

  • Anonymous Nov 20, 2008

    I have the same problem The gear shift is stuck in park so I had 2 put it into nuetral 2 crank and then it worked....Think it might actually have 2 do with some transmission fluid...

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There is a switch on the brake pedaal that tells the shifter that the brake is depressed. if that switch is not making it is the same as not mashing brake pedal. just replaced same problem on an 04 tarus

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I have the same problem. You may already know you can turn the steering wheel until it disengages.

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