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Old April 27th, 2009, 03:42 PM   #1
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Cant Move! Car is Stuck In Reverse!


Today I went to drop my brother off at school. When I came back home I reversed it in to my drive way and when I tried putting it in drive to drive it foward a little, the shifter went straight down to 1st with out going in to gear. I tried putting it in park again but the shifter just goes from Park to 1 with out going into gear. Now what I did next was take the whole center console out to get to the shifting linkage cable and what I notice is that the shifting cable isnt moving but it is attached. The other thing I did was trace back the shift cable wire and it goes towards the steering wheel so I removed the steering column knee panels and still cant find nothing, the wire just goes straight up towards the cluster. I accually searched every where online and what I find online on a forum was that the shift cable is connected to the throttle, so I went to look there and yes I did find 2 cables. One of them I belive is the throttle cable coming from the gas pedal, now the 2nd one i found is REALLY loose. If Anyone has any tips on fixing this or readjusting this problem, because i need to move the car asap due to its in front of both my parents car. I drive a 1996 Ford Mustang 3.8 V6 Automatic Thanks, I apologize for writeing alot I just wanted to put every detail down and i posted some pictures as well.

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Ok I found out the problem, but now that part I cannot find no where in my area I have even gone to ford and still nothing. I am going to post pics of this part up to see if anyones know where I can get it or ford part number.

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Old April 27th, 2009, 04:01 PM   #2
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I have no clue, but I will move this to the V6 section for you, you will get more help there. Good luck.
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It is possible that the linkage at the trans came loose. Try taking a look under the car and see if anything is hanging down. If you don't see anything hanging down then you'll probably need to check the bracket that is attached to the trans. However that might be an issue if you can't get under the car.

That second cable at the throttle should be your cruise control.
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Your car is a 96 and I have a 99 so possibly they are different. On the 99, the shifter cable goes to a lever on the transmission. It is attached by a bolt and nut. You might check if that has come loose some how or if the cable is broken. There should be another cable from the shifter to the steering column which has to do with an ignition interlock that only lets the car start in park. The cables at the throttle should go to the throttle body and cruise control and probably have nothing to do with this problem.
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In this picture you can see the shift cable/bracket and the lever it connects to on the
transmission.

transmission going back in picture by swalch - Photobucket
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the cable you see in the engine is your throttle cable not the trans cable. I think your trans shifter cable broke. that's why you can move the shifter but not go into gear. the cable run's down under the shfter base straight to the trans mission.
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Thanks to all you guys! I took your advise and went under the car and poof it was hanging. A little aluminum bracket on the tip of the linkage was rusted all the way, so 1st thing in the morning I am going to ford to buy that bracket or if they dont sell it i will just purchase the whole cable from buy wise since it come with the bracket.
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and your right i rechecked and that cable is for something else I am going to take pictures of the broken park and post it up
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yea the shifter cable is know for rusting and breaking apart if you want before you install it paint it with some good paint to help ensure it wont rust so fast. it's not to hard to install i had to replace a couple in my garage. at least you know what caused it.
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yea the shifter cable is know for rusting and breaking apart if you want before you install it paint it with some good paint to help ensure it wont rust so fast. it's not to hard to install i had to replace a couple in my garage. at least you know what caused it.
Yeah I know now, I am going to take your advice and paint it because it does sound like a good idea. I am also going to install it tomorow in my driveway as soon as I get home from purchaseing it
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