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Vance Lee
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6/18/2005
14:41:59

Subject: Can't shift out of park!!!
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After towing my 93 V6 automatic home and replacing the Crankshaft position sensor and the distributor, it starts now, but I can't shift out of park.
I know it was in neutral when we towed it on Sunday, but I can't shift at all now.
Any thoughts???



Forseti
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6/18/2005
16:01:15

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Does it "thunk" into gear but doesnt move as if the parking brake was on ....... your parking prawl might have got stuck/broken in the tailshaft of your transmission. The prawl is what "locks" you from moving while in park. If I can find my transmission book I can send a picture of what it looks like and where it is.



lizrd
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6/18/2005
23:16:25

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after getting my trans. worked on i couldn't shift out of park, so i take it back and their fn around pulling on the shifter and using a pry bar underneath, well it worked for about a day. now whenever i park on a incline/decline i can't get it out of park. another trans. shop says it's not the parking pawl but the slop in the steering/linkage. does this sound possible?
a-518 trans. , 162,000 miles



Forseti
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6/19/2005
00:54:24

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I know the shift cable passes right next to the steering shaft but I cant see how slop in that could bind up the cable to the point of not being able to shift. jack up the rear of the truck and put it on a set of good jack stands...crawl under the truck and disconnect the cable from the shift lever. Put the lever in neutral and see if you can turn the drive shaft. If its the parking prawl the the driveshaft will still be locked ..... oh BTW.... block the front tires too :}



Vance Lee
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6/19/2005
02:33:07

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Everybody, thanks for the assistance.
This set of forums is AWESOME for getting info on how to fix my truck.
As an update, I was crawling around underneath the truck when I started thinking about the things I had done to it recently and remembered that I had removed the ignition switch and it didn't feel quite right when I put it back on.
I removed it again and saw my mistake.
I had positioned the shift locking pin in so it did not rotate with the switch and would not allow me out of park.
What a stupid mistake.
Keep up the good work everybody!



Dempsey Smith
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2/19/2015
18:40:26

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What operates the shift prawl, and where is this located on
transmission?



AandPDan
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2/20/2015
20:00:18

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The shift pawl is operated by the shift linkage.

It's inside the transmission.



RAMRODSKI
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1/17/2017
19:05:44

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I have an '03 Dakota. I could not shift out of
park. Pulled the shift lever boot out of the
column cover and slid it up to the handle.
There's a pie wedge shaped cam attached to the
end of the lever. When you pull the shift
lever down the cam rotates toward the driver.
There's a stop in front of the cam that is
supposed to move out of the way (into the
column) when you turn the key to the "ON"
position and it didn't move. I sprayed it with
a shot of white lithium grease. It works great
now. Smooth as silk. Put the boot back.



CarRamRod
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1/04/2020
14:37:35

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Did as was suggested by Forseti (very good,
logical sense on his part), and found that, not
only did the shift selector advance through the
gears much more smoothly with the linkage
disconnected, but also that the driveshaft
would not turn regardless of the position of
the shift selector. This means that the prawl
is stuck, no? If so, has anyone access to a
schematic, or literature pertaining to the
repair or replacement of the parking prawl? As
a side, I found that when the truck is off, and
the key in accessory mode, the shift selector
moves freely through the shift positions, it
isn't until the engine is turned on, and left
in running mode that the shift selector gets
stuck in whatever position I leave I move it
to. Moving to that position is a chore, in and
of itself, and the whole shift selection
process is one that leaves the user feeling
unsure of which gear the truck is in, and
confused altogether. Thank you guys so much for
your prior posts, and I look forward to hearing
back from anyone with a plausible solution to
this problem. Happy New Year!



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