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Ron, ASE Certified Technician
Category: Ford
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Experience:  23 years with Ford specializing in drivability and electrical and AC. Ford certs and ASE Certs
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Transmission linkage won't engage fully to park. Can't start

Customer Question

Transmission linkage won't engage fully to park. Can't start car
JA: Have you checked the battery, particularly the terminal connections? Are they corroded?
Customer: Was running errands. Battery is find. Is there a way to bypass the ignition lockout
JA: What is the model/year of your Ford?
Customer: 1999 Explorer v8 all wheel drive
JA: Are you fixing your Explorer yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: I am stuck in a parking lot. Need to know how to bypass the ignition lockout switch.
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: Car is in park but indicator between P and R so not fully engaged
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Jesse Southard replied 10 months ago.

Hi, I will be glad to try and help you. It sounds to me like possibly the transmission shift cable has broken. Can you shift to neutral? if you can it should allow you to start the explorer. If not you need to block the wheels and slide under the vehicle to see if linkage is moving at the transmission when you move it at the shifter.