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Old 09-07-2005, 17:01   #1 (permalink)
Sha Zam
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stuck shift lever

i have a 1992 Ford Aerostar 4.0 and i can`t get it out of park!! i
can put it into reverse by crawling under the van and pulling on the
linkage but not into drive... i have been told it may have a lock-out
switch on the brake pedal that locks it into park if the tail lights
malfunction. my tail lights are working just fine....
  there are two switches on the brake pedal one with wires and one
with a rubber hose.. i assume the switch with the rubber hose is the
lock-out switch... can i disable this switch so i can shift into drive
to move the van??...... or is the shift cable itself the culprit or
possibly a internal transmission problem??.........
PLEASE HELP!! i need to move this van ASAP

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Old 09-07-2005, 19:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: stuck shift lever

shift linkage detent is screwed up in the pan


"Sha Zam" <yahooe@webtv.net> wrote in message
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i have a 1992 Ford Aerostar 4.0 and i can`t get it out of park!! i
can put it into reverse by crawling under the van and pulling on the
linkage but not into drive... i have been told it may have a lock-out
switch on the brake pedal that locks it into park if the tail lights
malfunction. my tail lights are working just fine....
there are two switches on the brake pedal one with wires and one
with a rubber hose.. i assume the switch with the rubber hose is the
lock-out switch... can i disable this switch so i can shift into drive
to move the van??...... or is the shift cable itself the culprit or
possibly a internal transmission problem??.........
PLEASE HELP!! i need to move this van ASAP


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Old 09-09-2005, 00:01   #3 (permalink)
Joe
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Re: stuck shift lever

I agree! The switch with the rubber hose it for cruise control. If there
was an interlock on your shifter, you'd have noticed it before now (the van
is 13 years old, after all)

"TranSurgeon" <nobulltrans@mchsi.dotcom> wrote in message
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> shift linkage detent is screwed up in the pan
>
>
> "Sha Zam" <yahooe@webtv.net> wrote in message
> news:18566-431F795C-158@storefull-3258.bay.webtv.net...
> i have a 1992 Ford Aerostar 4.0 and i can`t get it out of park!! i
> can put it into reverse by crawling under the van and pulling on the
> linkage but not into drive... i have been told it may have a lock-out
> switch on the brake pedal that locks it into park if the tail lights
> malfunction. my tail lights are working just fine....
> there are two switches on the brake pedal one with wires and one
> with a rubber hose.. i assume the switch with the rubber hose is the
> lock-out switch... can i disable this switch so i can shift into drive
> to move the van??...... or is the shift cable itself the culprit or
> possibly a internal transmission problem??.........
> PLEASE HELP!! i need to move this van ASAP
>
>



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Old 09-13-2005, 22:01   #4 (permalink)
Sha Zam
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Re: stuck shift lever

thank you for your help : )
after doing some investigating i found the shift-cable was so badly
frayed that it was binding the shift lever.. after removing the old
cable the transmission linkage shifted smoothly and the column shift
lever worked just fine...
now my question is when installing the new cable do i place the shift
lever and the transmission into park and simply install the new
cable?... once again this is a 1992 ford 4.0 aerostar
Thank you

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Old 09-14-2005, 01:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: stuck shift lever

Most guides I have seen as far as aligning a shifter cable suggest you do
exactly that but in nuetral instead of park. I have not actually done it on
a stock aerostar but it's probably pretty similar. Be sure that when it is
aligned in nuetral, the cable end lines up exactly with the shift lever on
the tranny. It should be lined up so it just slips right on or in depending
on the attachment method. Good Luck!

Razor

"Sha Zam" <yahooe@webtv.net> wrote in message
news:3627-43279E59-122@storefull-3253.bay.webtv.net...
> thank you for your help : )
> after doing some investigating i found the shift-cable was so badly
> frayed that it was binding the shift lever.. after removing the old
> cable the transmission linkage shifted smoothly and the column shift
> lever worked just fine...
> now my question is when installing the new cable do i place the shift
> lever and the transmission into park and simply install the new
> cable?... once again this is a 1992 ford 4.0 aerostar
> Thank you
>



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