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Old 09-21-2013, 06:37 PM
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Shift lever stuck in Park

Has anyone ever run into a problem where the truck shift lever will not come out of the Park position? Ran into it several times today. The shift lever was locked and would not come out of the park position. Pulled on the lever several times, turned the steering wheel back and forth (no help), and it finally released after a little more tugging, then lever worked fine for the errands I ran. Later on in the day jumped in the truck started her up and same problem...locked in park. Several minutes of exercising the shift lever and then it released and drove fine. Happened a third time today too. This is the first day it ever happened. Been driving it for about 3 weeks now with not even a hint of this problem. Parked now til I can get it to a dealer.

Symptom of this problem is like trying to shift out of Park without stepping on the brake. Lever feels like it is mechanically locked (which it is... Dohh) Checked my Brake pedal switch and that seems to be working fine.

Just bought this truck 3 weeks ago, I'm second owner and it just turned 36K but it is a Certified pre-owned truck by the dealership I bought it from.

Anybody else ever experience this?
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The switch for the brake lights above the pedal is different than the shift-from-park switch at the back od the steering column, which could be bad. Ford trucks are bad about play in the shift linkage on top of the column you may not notice so much in the lever, a pair of black plastic bushings on the long rod get sloppy. Cost me $14 for a pair at Ford. Also some adjustment in the arm that swings / connects to the long shift rod. Takes about 45 minutes to disassemble to point of changing the bushings and adjusting correctly and putting back together. Cost less than your warranty deductible.
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Did the problem happen gradually for you or was it all at once like it was for me?
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It definitely sounds like your brake interlock switch is bad.

When it does stick in park, you can bypass it by turning your key on one click without starting the engine, then shift into neutral, then start the truck.
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It definitely sounds like your brake interlock switch is bad.

When it does stick in park, you can bypass it by turning your key on one click without starting the engine, then shift into neutral, then start the truck.
Tried that trick yesterday but it does not work. It is definitely mechanically locked.
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The switch for the brake lights above the pedal is different than the shift-from-park switch at the back od the steering column, which could be bad. Ford trucks are bad about play in the shift linkage on top of the column you may not notice so much in the lever, a pair of black plastic bushings on the long rod get sloppy. Cost me $14 for a pair at Ford. Also some adjustment in the arm that swings / connects to the long shift rod. Takes about 45 minutes to disassemble to point of changing the bushings and adjusting correctly and putting back together. Cost less than your warranty deductible.
The lever never really felt sloppy or loose and still feels tight when it eventually does release. Can these bushings be accessed from under the dash or from under the steering column covers behind the steering wheel?
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Old 10-03-2013, 10:31 AM
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Took the truck to local dealer on Monday (about a 20 mile trip) and they found nothing. Couldn't even make it happen, even though it locked up on me when I jumped into the truck to take it there Anyway long story short, they couldn't make it happen...picked it up the next day drove home and it has not happened since.

The problem disappeared as mysteriously as it appeared, which gives me the uneasy feeling that it could be back again sometime, who knows?
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