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Hello, my name is***** and thanks for your question.
Does the shifter appear to be adjusted correctly? All ranges line up with the indicator? Is there any slop in the shifter now with the new tube? How far can you move the shifter in park and is there any tension on the lever when in park?
Thanks, ***** ***** pull the shifter towards you in park is there good spring tension?
At the base of the tube there are 2 torx 30 bolts that hold the shift cable bracket. Take a look and see if the bolts are tight, the spring is present behind the bracket and the pin moves in and out of the center hole when pulling the shifter towards you in park. Also if the shift lock detent bracket is worn it might not be fully releasing, you might want to try loosening that and try moving it tight up against the bolts then retorque.
Does the engine crank in park without holding the shifter up?
Ok when you said the ignition switch doesn't know its in park you must of meant the ignition cylinder. If the switch didn't see park it wouldn't crank. The ignition cylinder and switch only has a spring to release from crank to run, it has no function on the cylinder moving back. You might have a worn shift cable, or its slightly out of adjustment. If you release the adjuster down at the trans you might be able to move it just that little bit so the lever sits high enough.
The only other thing is the shift lock actuator. If you look closely at it (I cant find a diagram) you will see how the plunger needs to be able to retract completely in order for the cylinder to move all the way back. If you take it apart again turn the key on and hit the brake and watch the plunger. Then move the shifter out and release the brake then move back to park and see if the plunger is hitting, preventing it from fully releasing.
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