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I have a 1997 Continental. I drove it home from work with no problems. The next morning I went to leave and it doesn't move. Almost like it doesn't go into gear. The shifter is moving, I checked all the fuses, it goes into nuetral......there were no signs that the transmission was going out like slipping or anything. Any thoughts?

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  • PJ Redmon May 29, 2011

    The shifter is moving. It shifts into nuetral as I am able to push it. When I put it in reverse the reverse lights come on...

  • PJ Redmon May 29, 2011

    The shifter is engaging the transmission

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Sounds like a shift linkage problem, or the Link sensor on the transmission itself is not telling the vehicle that you have put it into gear. Also keep in mind that since it is an automatic, there are times when a transmission will go out without any signs or symptoms.

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Posted on May 29, 2011

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    Richard Hale May 29, 2011

    There are a few things it can be. First, it may be your shifter that needs looked at. There is a small spring that is in allign with the ignition. If this spring has broke, it will not budge. They mainly do not sell this part separate so they make you buy a whole new shifter piece. You still want to check your transmission fluid just to be sure of it. Make sure it is at the correct level. If you have the vehicle that requires the brake to be down before the shifter will shift into gear, it may be defective. Make sure that your steering wheel is not locked or stuck.

  • Richard Hale
    Richard Hale May 29, 2011

    Also, if your brake pedal is hard, it may be your brake switch. Make sure it is not broken, disconnected, or loose. As to the term I needed to say last time, it is the interlock device that may be defective.

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    Richard Hale May 29, 2011

    Sounds like the shifter is not engaging the transmission then.

  • Richard Hale
    Richard Hale May 29, 2011

    If the transmission shifts gears but the tires don't move the only possible explanation is a broken drive shaft, pinion, or axle.

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