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Shift to Park Warning

Discussion in 'Stock 2011 - 2019 Ford Explorer Discussion' started by jwsnell00, August 20, 2012.

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    1. blwnsmoke

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      Been said many times in here, it isn't the cable adjustment, it is the shifter itself. The shifter needs to be replaced.
       
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    3. blwnsmoke

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      The part is about $130 and you can do it yourself in under and hour. Been discussed in ygis thread on how to do it.
       
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      Only for "me": is the warning "Transmission not in park" (so it looks at me) the same case as "Shift to park" ???
       
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      I don't think disabling the warning is the answer. Although the shifter may appear to be in 'Park' to you, to the vehicle's monitoring system it is not. One member attributed his constant low battery condition to this issue. I have no idea whether that is possible or not. As blwnsmoke stated, several members have done the shifter replacement themselves and that the posts are in this thread.

      Peter
       
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      Has anyone fixed it in this matter ? Didn`t found a direct reply to this post...
       
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      Once again / who can help me: is the warning "Transmission not in park" (so it looks at me) the same case as "Shift to park" ???
       
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      I have never heard or seen a "transmission not in park. Can you take a picture of it?

      Easiest way to see if it is the shifter is when it gives that message, flick the shifter button that you squeeze to change out of park. So not move the shifter, just flick the button a few times and see if the message goes away. If it does, it is the same thing.
       
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      Tried it / but: havn`t seen this message about one month or longer...but yes: as I former press(ed) the button quick the message disappears at once !
       
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      It is your shifter then. Instructions are in this thread on how to replace. Wouldn't be surprised if there was a youtube video by now.
       
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      Ok...
      Post #342...will order the part from USA...
       
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      Here it is / this message appears when I "enter" my car and try to start, not earlier / not when I have stopped the engine...
      But I understand, that the common cause is that switch !

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      Time to replaced that shifter.
       
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      May be...but it also helps to not press the button but the hole shifter...and it appears very rarely...but that switch costs only a few $s...
       
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      Just remember that another member contributed his low battery condition to this issue. Apparently as long as the vehicle thinks it is 'Not in Park' certain electronic systems stay 'alive' instead of going to 'sleep' resulting in more current being drawn while the vehicle sits there.
      Not sure if anyone can verify that but it seems to make sense.

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      New switch...
       
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      Im new here and found this forum due to unfortunate issues with my 2014 Ford Explorer Sport.
      When putting the vehicle in park the transmission heads up display in the dash states "Vehicle not in Park" so you have to use your trigger finger and flick the toggle on the transmission shifter 10 or 15 times to get it to register as "in park."
      When you spend $30-$40 thousand dollars on a vehicle it's tough watching it fall apart! I don't know if we will keep it. Might be heading towards the Chrysler! If you can help please any information would be greatly appreciated!!
       
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      Dealership replaced the shifter on my 2013 Ford Explorer, no problems since (2017).
       
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      Welcome to the Forum Pat.:wave:

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      You can just replace the switch for $5 per a posting on the Edge Forum. Works great.
       
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      Correct, that is the thread.
       
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      " Might be heading towards the Chrysler! "

      ...yikes...
       
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      I haven't been on the forum in years. Recently picked up a 2013 Limited. It had the "Not in Park" issue so I came here to see what was known. What I learned provided me enough information to fix it in 30 minutes with no parts purchased. I was able to pop open the console and put a slight bend in the metal lever arm to force the white plastic parking pawl to make better contact with the micro switch button. I believe that over time, the loose tolerance allowed the metal to sag just a bit from use and prevented proper pressure on the micro switch button. I could not fit even the smallest needle nose pliers in there so I set the end of a Phillips head screw driver under the metal arm in the middle, then used another small flat blade screw driver to gently force down the tip towards the white plastic parking pawl. That slight bend took me from a 50/50 chance of the "P" lighting up to an immediate 100%. Shift to Park repair.JPG
       
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      I just found TSB 17-2219 which supersedes TSB 15-0047, the main thing here is the availability of a Shifter Kit switch to fix this problem. The kit for the 2011-2015 Explorer is GT4Z-3F988-B and costs only $16.23. That is a big a difference compared to changing the complete shifter.
       

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      This is a solid fix (with a few addenda), and one you can do simply by unclipping some parts and removing one bolt.
      1) Gently pull driver and passenger side panels away from the top edge, from just behind the armrest latch up to just past where the center console meets. The point is to free the top trim that holds the cupholders.
      2) Pull up the latch cover and remove the bolt, seen here.
      3) As described, be sure you're in neutral.
      4) You can gently unclip that top cupholder trim and pull it rearward away from the center console so it can clear the edge of the console trim. Using the cupholders for gentle leverage you can rock it back and out.
      5) From the passenger side, you can get a hand in with one small screwdriver (like the small 0/00 hobbiest size) and point another in from the side to make the bend.
      6) Importantly, the image above is upside down as compared to when the shifter is installed. As described, you do bend the thin linkage DOWN (what, on the image, is up, hence it looking like a hump upward but actually needing to be a gutter downward). So you put one screwdriver on the underside at the circled area, to push it up and accentuate the bending action of the curved area downward. If you can't figure it out, have a friend shift (motor on, brake set) between park and neutral so you can see how the white parking pawl activates the switch.
       
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