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airmojo
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9/27/2003
09:54:53

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Yesterday, I tried shifting my 2003 Dakota (4x4) into park and it wouldn't go into park. The gear shift lever on the steering column felt strange. It finally went into park on a couple of more tries.

Then I tried again later and it did the same thing. Then I could not get it out of park. The movement of the gear shift lever became very sloppy.

I had it towed into my local Dodge dealer, but I'll probably have to wait a couple of days for it to get fixed.

Anyone else have this problem ?

What was wrong ?

Is it something with the linkage to the transmission or the transmission itself ?

The gear shift lever always felt weird, and for the life of me could not figure out why someone would engineer such a thing. Is it just me ?



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9/27/2003
15:02:43

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I had the same problem a few months ago on my 2002 Dakota. It took the mechanic about 5 minutes to adjust the shift cable underneath the dashboard when he finally found it. He looked in the fender well and under the hood for it, but found out that its design had been changed starting in 2002. It worked okay after that, but he went ahead and ordered a new shift cable since it was still under warranty. He replaced it about 2 weeks after that.



airmojo
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9/28/2003
08:28:01

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2002SXT... thanks for the info !

I got my Dakota back yesterday afternoon. They adjusted the shift cable. I didn't get a chance to talk to anyone from the service department because they were closed by the time I got around to checking with them. Being a Saturday, I figured they wouldn't have even bothered looking at it until Monday.

I wonder how often this problem comes up... I sure hope it doesn't happen again! What a pain !

I'm going to call or stop by tomorrow to talk to the service manager.




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9/28/2003
10:12:34

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There's something you might want to ask the service department about that I noticed on my Dakota after they replaced the shift cable.

Twice since they did the cable, the shift lever didn't come right out of park. After I took my foot off the brake pedal and put it back on, it worked okay. There is some kind of safety interlock to keep you from shifting out of park without having the brakes applied.

I'm not sure if it is a solenoid or hard linkage, but there is a possibility that it might need adjustment also.



Allan
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9/28/2003
16:15:26

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I have a 2002 QC auto and I believe that it is typical now for you to have to press on the brake pedal before you can take it out of Park. My 1995 GT Mustang did the same thing.



Elizabeth
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3/15/2010
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With my car in park, I cannot turn the key to start the car. I have turned the steering wheel left and right, but that's not the problem. What is the problem? I have a 2005 Honda civic automatic.



Al Sartori
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11/22/2011
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I have a 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 and i am in need of a new Over Drive On/Off switch that is on the gear shift lever can anyone tell me where to get one



Brad Hutch
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1/29/2014
01:55:14

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I have a 2002 Dodge Dakota 4x4 automatic .It hasnt been
wanting to shift out of park.Someone told me to check the shift
linkage . Come to find out the end that go to the tranmision
was broke in half .The little black tube that was broke in
half.What could cause that to happen.




ray slater
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2/03/2014
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1/26/2014. I have a 2002 Dakota sport.drove to store, no problem, came and the shifter would not come out of park. called a wrecker who disconnected the linkage into the tran, carried the truck to repair shop. 2 days later repair called me, said they reconnected the linkage and all is well!!!!!! this is worrying y,all, nothing is "fixed" and could happen again. what,s the solution?



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2/26/2015
16:33:07

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after reading all the problems with the Dakota gear shift not moving from park...sounds like this is a problem on these little trucks....what will fix it...??????




Paul
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5/28/2016
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1993 dodge Dakota automatic won't
start unless u take it out of park
and put in park really hard and u
have to turn key rrally hard.



Ron
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3/27/2017
12:04:22

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So, does anyone except an official Dodge service shop know how to adjust the shift cable on a 2003 Dakota automatic? In a blizzard a month or so ago, I went to the hardware store. I couldnt get the truck into any gear except drive and second. Like an idiot, I turned off the ignition then realizing that I would not be able to start it because it wouldnt go in neutral or park so I started to strongarm the shifter to at least get it into neutral. Well, after that failing ,I crawled under and found a black walnut neatly jammed in the linkage by a rotten squirrel. Took it out. Well, now it goes from reverse through 2nd but no park or 1st. I probably knocked something out of adjustment by trying to jam it into neutral,maybe even stretched the cable. I followed the cable from the tranny up to where it disappears under the dash to no avail. I dont want to take the whole dash apart if it isnt there.



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3/18/2019
09:52:47

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There is a recall on the 2001-02. Called the Chrysler SAFETY RECALL G28 – IGNITION/PARK SHIFT INTERLOCK; contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403, or contact a dealer.



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