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Can't shift out of park

I have a 2004 6.0 Super Duty. A couple of years ago I started experiencing shifting problems. Specifically, it won't shift out of park until it's good and ready. I have never been stranded for more than a couple of minutes. But I know it is only a matter of time before I am stranded for good. Can anyone tell me how to fix this before it is too late


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Slop in the shifter not allowing the shift from park solenoid to disengage or a bad solenoid or loose connection could be the culprit. These trucks are famous for wear in the shifter. Sometimes noticed by having to "hunt" for a gear position other than P R or D. Takes about an hour to replace two small plastic bushings on top of the column that the shift rod rides in. My Ford dealer had a pair in stock for less than $14, and some auto parts stores may carry them. Ebay has loads of 'em.

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Yup shifter wear is the useual culprit but also be shure your fully depressing the brake pedal.


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I have a 2004 6.0 Super Duty. A couple of years ago I started experiencing shifting problems. Specifically, it won't shift out of park until it's good and ready. I have never been stranded for more than a couple of minutes. But I know it is only a matter of time before I am stranded for good. Can anyone tell me how to fix this before it is too late
Check the cable connection to the arm on the drivers side of the tranny. Had similar issue but actually came off while plowing. Not fun crawling under the beast in a foot of snow

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Update
Installed a new brake switch. Problem has disappeared.
I did disassemble the old switch and all the contacts inside were burnt and toast.
Interesting the shifter has tightened up. How could that be?
Oh well I guess I shouldn't complain. At present all is well.
Thanks all for your input.


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Here's a tip for anyone having this problem and thinks they are stranded:

With your foot on the brake so the truck doesn't roll, you can turn your key to the "run" position, then shift into neutral, then start the truck.

Much better than having to call a tow truck!!!

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