Re: Heard a snap as I shifted gear- can't shift out of Park
Freshmeat, Thanks for the tip. So here is what I found:
1. On the 92 Grand Marquis there is a panel about two feet long under the steering wheel column housing. It is a puzzle to figure to get off. There are two screws at the bottom end. Then there are 3 bolts at the top behind the "wooden" trim inlay. To get the inlay off just pry one end out with a screw driver blade- the prongs will pop out, allowing access to the bolts.
The tilt wheel lever must be turned out with about a 3/16" box wrench. Then there are 3 philips screws under the column housing. Remove these the there is one more screw at the rearmost right lower housing. Back it out then wiggle the lower half free.
The upper half has a few tricky moves: Remove the ignition key plug by inserting a drift or nail into the release hole. Push the nail against the spring loaded pin- the hole is located a couple of inches left of where the key is inserted- in a pot metal housing- next to the screw you removed on the lower housing right side nearest you. As you apply the mail to the pin you must turn the ignition key in the lock to the start position then pull on the silver keyway straight out- it will likely catch on the plastic housing in the upper half- so wiggle a little.
Insert the tilt lever a few turns so that you can tilt the wheel downward to facilitate the removal of the upper half. When it is all but clear give it a brisk tug to free it.
Now if your shift lever is suffering the same malady as mine you will see that the white bracket that holds the gear selector wire (PRNDL) is snapped in two. The plastic only takes so much abuse- I think it is mostly from using the gear shift lever to release the parking brake instead of depressing the e-brake pedal.
Anyway I have to run over to the wrecking yard in the morning to see if I can save a trip to the dealer desk.
Tip: count the number of threads exposed on the wheel bracket to make the install go faster. The wheel is used to "dial-in" the selector for the "PRNDL".
Hope this helps- email me if it does.