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Gear Shift Stuck in Park

Discussion in 'Stock 2006 -2010 Explorers' started by TLEE, September 8, 2009.

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    1. rokr1292

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      The problem she described is exactly the problem im having, but I have an 01 sport trac. And its not the brake switch, I just replaced it to no avail.

      Is there an electric shift interlock on my truck? Or is my problem something else entirely?
       
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      ok same problem took cover off like picture showed found switch broken moved it forward and taped it in place can get shifter at junk yard for about 250.00 but why waste money only thng it i can shift with key truned off let dealer i trade into fix it forum was alot of help and saved me alot of money by fixing my self thanks guys

      try what i did once open you willl see plastic switch like picture showed or youcan disconnect with screww driver if not broken good luck
       
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      i had the same problem...i took myexplorer in and the dealer said there is a recall for the shifter to schedule an appt. to have repaired... so i scheduled it for the following week...when i took my explorer in the dealer informed me the recall had expired the day after i origanally went in... i asked why they didnt tell me that and their answer was they dont keep track of the recall experation dates...
       
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      Man that really sucks. I brought mine into the dealer to get this issue fixed, and apparently its not covered under my extended warranty and they wanted somewhere around $500 to fix it. Needless to say I told them not to even bother. Now I just carry a flat head screwdriver with me as a "Just in Case".
       
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      I’m really sorry to hear that the program had expired. I have your Explorer’s details from previous messages and I wanted to know if you would send me the most updated details with your concern to I can review this. Thank you.

      Cory
       
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      It’s unfortunate that your extended warranty didn’t cover the repair. I’m not sure what can be done, but I recommend contacting the Ford of Canada Customer Relationship Center (1-800-565-3673) to see if this can be reviewed for you.

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      I have a 2007 that this is happening with. Is there a recall on 2007? Eddie Bauer v8. Thanks.
       
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      yea i remember there being a recall issued for this problem, my dad received it on his explorer when he first bought but never bother taking it to them
       
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      gga357,
      Recalls are VIN specific, so send me your VIN in a PM and I’ll be happy to review to see if there is a recall assigned to your Explorer. You can also go to the link: http://Owner.Ford.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=Owner/Page/RecallsPage to input your VIN to check for recalls. Have a great day. :)

      Cory
       
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      My ST has the same problem. Warranty is now out and there are no recalls for my VIN. When I had warranty the dealership were a bunch of dicks. I told them about the TSB and said I was lying. So I pulled a print out of my pocket and showed them. I asked if they could come out and see the problem in action. The manager said no and if I wanted it to looked at it would cost $50+ per half hour. I was the only person there and did not look busy at all. I went home and examined the problem myself. I popped the lever out and no don't have the problem. Link to video that shows the problem in acation.
       
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      I don't know if it will help any, but I'd report that dealership to Ford.
       
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      I agree with willied. BTW, nice video. I wish I knew how to do that.
       
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      Hey guys/gals, I just replaced the brake pedal actuator on my 2006 Explorer in an attempt to fix the "Stuck in Park" issue. I haven't driven much with it in yet so I cannot say for sure that it has fixed the issue but so far things are looking good.

      I have attached the below photos of the part and packaging which will give you some Ford part numbers. The part itself was ordered from Tousley Ford and only costs about $30 with about 20 minutes of installation time. I hope this helps anyone with this extremely frustrating issue.

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      That was a great video, now it's gone! :(

      It was an animated GIF if I remember correctly. Next time I'm in the console, I'll attempt the same images. Really helped understand what was going on in there.

      I'll post what little I have of the mechanism, but it's no substitute for that video:

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      So PEAR0119, was your old switch physically broken? When you use the screwdriver to override the shifter push button, what does it press on? I guess I don't understand how that switch keeps the lever from moving back. As I recall, a cable from the brake pedal pulled a plastic unit forward, which allowed the shifter to move back.

      Edit: Whew, the images I remember were from the beginning of this very thread:

      Awesome, they should be part of the shop manual!
       
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      It wasn't that the actuator itself was broken, it was still intact when I took it out. It was just that when I pressed on the brake pedal the actuator would not move thus not allowing me to pull the trigger on the gear selector.

      I have never used the screwdriver method, I never had to go that far. I did however have to play with it for 5-10 minutes before it would finally work. My best guess is that you are not pushing a button with the screwdriver but rather manually moving the plastic piece out of the way allowing you to pull the trigger on the gear selector.

      In 4th gens there is no cable, its all run by electronics. From what I can gather, when you press on the brakes you activate the brake switch which then sends a signal up to this actuator as well as the rear brake lights. Once the signal is received the actuator moves out moving the plastic piece on the right out of the way allowing you to pull the trigger on the gear selector.
       
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      Ah ha! Thanks for clearing that up. Between that explanation and Lukas' video, I GET IT! :thumbsup:
       
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      I've been frustrated with this situation. I've also got an 06 with the same intermittent shifter stuck in park. I've taken the shifter console apart and all the parts move like it should even the actuator. The pin does come down and clears the shifter gate but the shifter is still stuck. When I try to move it, it feels like there is resistance and just won't move. Today it did it again after a week and I was frustrated with it and gave it a little force and it finally moved. I don't want to keep doing this all the time or break anything in the process. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
       
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      Could the shifter cable be binding? Does it move smoothly once it's free?

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      There is a procedure to adjust the transmission shifter cable. That will allow the cable to be detached so you can check for binding and once fixed you can re-attach correctly. The V6 trans is a little more involved (2 procedures) than the V8 because of the external trans range sensor may need adjustment too (the V8 trans has an internal trans range sensor) so only one procedure for the cable.

      Ornery may be able to post them, but if not, PM me with your e-mail address.

      Good luck.
       
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      The solenoid seemed to of binded up on mine again this morning, so the replacement doesn't seem to be working. I did however notice that the plastic lever that the solenoid moves was extremely lose and has about a 1/2" of lateral play in it, it it may be binding on something which would cause this same issue. More investigation may be required.
       
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      It seems to be normal that the plastic lever is extremely lose.
      About three years ago I noticed that too and made the following video to show this.
      Until now, this works fine for my Explorer.
       
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      OK, yeah mine is about that loose as well. Maybe this morning was just a fluke, as I was pressing the brake pedal many times fast and may of confused it. The only other thing that I can think it may be if it occurs more often would be the brake switch or the circuit board the solenoid plugs into.
       
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      I'm going to start calling you Herr George Lukas with all the great vids! :)

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      Thanks, you may do that! ;)
      A picture (video) often says more than thousand words! ;)

      Regards from Cologne, home of the V6 engines.
       

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