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96 ford taurus is hard to shift out of park. The fuse is ok. I have to press the brake many times and just keep working with it. What could be the problem?

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  • baccuscaroly Apr 25, 2010

    Where is the solenoid cable located?

  • baccuscaroly Apr 25, 2010

    where is this cable located?

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    on the end of the solenoid, the solenoid is bolted to the top of the steetring column which u must drop down to access it, there are two 15mm nuts on studs that hod it up to the dash, remove the lower dash panel under the sterering cloumn to access the two nuts, once it is down u will see the little solenoid.

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    have you checked to see if the park lockout solenoid cable is free moving?



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