Question about 1989 Ford Crown Victoria

2 Answers

1989 Ford Crown Victoria wont go into reverse and drives in nuetral???

I had drove to my buddies house in my car, and when i decided to leave i hopped in my car and had to reverse out, but when i put my car into reverse and pressed the gas the car would only stand still but the engine would idle up, so i tried to put it into neutral and push my car back, but instead it put itself into drive or overdrive and my car idled forward. Pretty sure cars been stuck in overdrive but i haven't confirmed that yet. I checked the fluids in park idling and level, and had enough tranny fluid. Please Help.

Posted by Cody on

  • 1 more comment 
  • Cody Apr 14, 2013

    when your talking about the linkage are you talking about the orange needle that tells me what gears im in? because the orange needle is a little off sync with the letters.

  • Alex Kordasiewicz
    Alex Kordasiewicz Apr 15, 2013

    look at pic

  • Alex Kordasiewicz
    Alex Kordasiewicz Apr 15, 2013

    I give up, it wont let me send.......



2 Answers


  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 20 times.

  • Expert
  • 54 Answers

This sounds like a nut that has come loose on the linkage or selector rod running from the lever in the car to the gearbox. This lever is not fixed so it slides to a point where it settles fixed, temporarily, until it will eventually fix in another position and then select a different gear again.If it has a cable select instead of a lever then the point at the end of the cable and beginning must be checked.

Posted on Apr 14, 2013


Alex Kordasiewicz

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

    New Friend:

    An expert that has 1 follower.


    An expert that has over 10 points.

  • Contributor
  • 2 Answers

Sounds like your linkage slipped out of sequence. On your transmission there is a place where you can manually shift your tansmission through the gears. When you move the selector on the trani it should move the shifter as well. All the way up on selector should be park, then R,N,D so on. If you move the selector all the way up at your shifter reads something else, you need to adjust the linkage and put car in park with selector on trani in park and tighten linkage back up. Run through all the gears and you should be good.

1989 Ford Crown Victoria wont go into reverse and  - 90345b2e-83af-476b-ab39-dd6e70c72847.jpg

Posted on Apr 14, 2013

  • 2 more comments 
  • Cody Apr 14, 2013

    when your talking about the linkage are you talking about the orange needle that tells me what gears im in? because the orange needle is a little off sync with the letters.

  • Alex Kordasiewicz
    Alex Kordasiewicz Apr 15, 2013

    Did you get the pic and comment i posted on this? my computer got stupid

  • Alex Kordasiewicz
    Alex Kordasiewicz Apr 15, 2013

    Look at the pic I added above on original. Thats the linkage and where you can manually shift trans.

  • Alex Kordasiewicz
    Alex Kordasiewicz Apr 15, 2013

    make sure key is engaged and run through gears with that lever. Use this to line up car and shifter and tighten linkage back up. ,migt need replacement



3 Related Answers


Jason Phillips

  • 500 Answers

SOURCE: 1995 crown vic gear problems/gear shift wont lock

most likely the shift tube bushings are bad- you may have also lost a few screws in the shift tube or they could just be loose. you have to pull the steernig column down to inspect/repair it.

Posted on May 31, 2009

Matthew Boulden

  • 440 Answers

SOURCE: 1988 Ford Crown Vic Strange Idle

When you turn the key on does the check engine light come on? If not it may be burned out. It sounds like a MAP sensor or an O2 sensor is bad. I would suggest taking it to autozone as they do free diagnostic and seeing if a code comes up. If it is a sensor it should, if not it may be the idle sensor not reading right in the ECU. More than likely it is one of the sensors though.

Posted on Jun 23, 2009


Michael Thorpe

  • 2702 Answers

SOURCE: Ford Taurus: rough idle in drive and reverse

it could be that the tick over is two slow in brive,,,
set it up to tickover at 850,,950 rpm (in drive)
or it could be a gear box fult like the drive plate has a crack in it,,,letting the torque converter slap about,,,
chech tick over first,,, bont adjust tick over in gear unless the brakes are held hard on,,,

Posted on Oct 31, 2009

Add Your Answer


Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

I have a 1996 Ford Taurus with a 98 DOHC 24 valve engine as a replacement for the original. The other day my friend borrowed it and drove to his house, got out, his wife got in. Put it in reverse backed...

Check in your trunk on left ( drivers side) see if emergancy shut down has been triped. it is a red button just push it in If this was helpful please leave good feed back

Aug 02, 2013 | 1997 Ford Taurus

1 Answer

I have a 2004 dodge neon, 75,000 miles on it. Heres my scenario first, I started my car up perfectly, put it in drive n drove down the street, I hit a light, turned right down a road and my car made a...

I would probably start by removing the wheel and the drum and talking a peak. It should be pretty obvious. Let me know if you have any questions and I'll do my best to answer them. Thank you for using!

I’m happy to assist further over the phone at

Jan 25, 2012 | 2004 Dodge Neon

1 Answer

What will cause a right rear tire to hop on a 1987 dodge d150 in reverse when letting the clutch out. Yes i,m going slow and eazy with a clutch. Thanks

Clutch facing is glazed so that is why it hops in reverse. Reverse is the lowest gear which will do just that. Repacing the clutch will eliminate this hopping

Jan 19, 2011 | 1987 Dodge D150

3 Answers

2002 express 1500 van, will not start

remove dog house locate test port and install guage should be 45-60 psi

Mar 03, 2010 | 2002 Chevrolet Express

1 Answer

1999 olds 88 rear wheel locked

Sounds more like brakes, Possible springs or wheel cylinder.

Jan 30, 2010 | 1999 Oldsmobile 88

1 Answer

No reverse all of a sudden

check power to the reverse shift solinoid

Sep 30, 2009 | 2002 Chevrolet Impala

1 Answer

All of a sudden my 1993 Mazda 929 wont go into reverse.


Aug 24, 2009 | 1993 Mazda 929

1 Answer

High Oil Pressure

most likely u just have a defective oil pressure gauge sending unit on the engine, this is common on all GM cars and trucks., fairly cheap to replace.

Mar 19, 2009 | 1997 GMC Suburban

1 Answer

Excessive revving, even when I took the key out!!

is it burning oil or losing oil,driving it without oil may have damaged it,and putting too much oil and driving it may have pop the crank seals,inspect engine,decide what to do,not agood sign for motor,

Mar 04, 2009 | 1998 Ford Escort

1 Answer

2000 Dodge caravan "fetching up"

when they replaced the tie rod or when the tie rod broke, it might of damaged the rubber line on the brakes. It wont leak, but inside of that rubber line it may of collapsd causing the brake fluid to apply the brakes but wont release the fluid back to the resivor.

Aug 11, 2008 | 2000 Dodge Caravan

Not finding what you are looking for?
Cars & Trucks Logo

624 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Ford Experts


Level 3 Expert

85239 Answers

Thomas Perkins
Thomas Perkins

Level 3 Expert

14866 Answers


Level 3 Expert

4372 Answers

Are you a Ford Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides