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sprinkles08, Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep master tech
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Dodge ram: I have a 1996 dodge ram and when i park on the slightest

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I have a 1996 dodge ram and when i park on the slightest incline it will not shift out of park unless i get out and rock it...how can i fix this?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 1 year ago.
Hello and welcome to JustAnswer!
It's going to be a bit harder to get out of park on an incline because the weight of the truck is holding the park pawl in the sprag and you're moving linkage to manually pull the two parts away from each other with a huge amount of pressure holding them together.
If it's to the point of having to push the truck while moving the shifter then there is obviously an issue though. You could have a shift cable issue, it could be the park rod, sprag or pawl.
Did the problem start all at once or was it progressive?
Has anything been done to try to repair it?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
All at once. Im selling the vehicle and it did it for the first time on a test drive...i cant sell the vehicle and feel right about it unless i fix this problem..nothin has been done yet
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 1 year ago.
The problem is either going to be shift linkage adjustment or wear or internal in the transmission.
The first thing you'll want to do is make sure the linkage is adjusted correctly and none of the bushings are worn. Any play in the bushings will contribute to this and hopefully that's all the problem is. There are bushings at the firewall area, at the pivot on the frame, at the trans, and at the manual valve lever on the trans. Start by making sure all are tight and then check the linkage adjustment.