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Gear shifter Gear shift will not go out of park and into gear. SUV has 40K miles and dealer says shifter is worn out. Repair estimate is over $750. Problem is intermitent. Is there a less expensive fix than replacing the entire shifter mech?

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    Yes I have a 2003 aviator and mine does the same thing. Especially when I am on an incline. What is the best solution?


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Sounds like just the brake-shift interlock getting stuck. I would try using the override to get the shifter working again, then use the parking brake to keep it from getting jammed in the future.

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The parking brake will reduce the pressure on the gearbox, especially when parked on an incline. If the interlock continues to jam, you probably do need to have the shifter replaced.

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