1998 Chrysler Concorde

Tiny
STEVE CANNON
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  • 1998 CHRYSLER CONCORDE
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 88,000 MILES
My '98 Concorde will not shift out of park. What's the problem?
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Sunday, October 26th, 2008 AT 11:15 AM

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Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Hi:
If the trans will not come out of park, the linkage to the transmission must be damaged.

You can check it from both under the hood and under the car.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

Joe
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Wednesday, October 29th, 2008 AT 7:38 AM
Tiny
STEVE CANNON
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Thanks for your suggestion, however I checked the linkage cable, it seems fine. I took the center console out to check it. While inside the center console I checked the shift interlock cable also to make sure it was operating properly. Those cables seem fine. I even checked the brake switch and found that I wasn't getting power from the harness. The fuse was fine. I then noticed the brake lights weren't working. No juice to the brake switch --- jeez, I'm now at a loss. I did purchase a full set of Chrysler shop manuals for the car from Michigan, including a electrical manual. Hopefully it'll tell me which of the 5 wires is supposed to have juice. It'll be a week or more before I get the manuals, then I've got to spend some time figuring them out, if I can. I, like you, figured it had to be something simple --- but I'm stumped. Does this car have solenoids for electrical or hydraulic shifting from Park? I don't want to have a shop remove the trans. Too much money to put into the car. What's your next suggestion? Am I on the right track, or am I off base? Any way you can possibly help will be greatly appreciated. I'll send a nice donation after this Friday when I get paid. Thanks, Steve.
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Wednesday, October 29th, 2008 AT 6:30 PM
Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Steve:
To the best of my knowledge, the parking sprag is manually operated through the linkage. I will ask a few of my buddies and get back to you.

Joe
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Wednesday, October 29th, 2008 AT 8:21 PM
Tiny
STEVE CANNON
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Yes, great. When underneath the car, and having someone step on the brake with the shift interlock button pressed and the cable linkage disconnected at the shifter, I tried shifting the transmission lever with a pry bar. It seemed locked pretty solid. Hope this helps. Thanks, Steve.
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Thursday, October 30th, 2008 AT 6:03 AM
Tiny
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Did you find the problem?

Joe
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Thursday, October 30th, 2008 AT 7:08 AM
Tiny
STEVE CANNON
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I'm at a dead stop on the car until you guys can help me, or I'll have to wait until the Service Manuals arrive, then go from there. Have you spoken to your guys yet? Did they have any remedies? Jeez, why can't this be simple like a Rolls-Royce. I've worked on those every day for 33 years. I can pretty much fix anything on them. This Chrysler is a bit out of my realm. If you need someone who can answer Rolls-Royce or Bentley questions, I may be able to help. Thanks again, Steve.
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Thursday, October 30th, 2008 AT 5:40 PM
Tiny
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Hi Steve:
I haven't forgotten about you. I will try to get you situation sent again. If no one responds to you by tomorrow, let me know and I'll call my buddy who works at the local Chrysler dealership and pick his brain.

Joe
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Thursday, October 30th, 2008 AT 5:52 PM
Tiny
STEVE CANNON
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O.K. I'll wait for you to call your guy at Chrysler. Thanks, Steve.
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Thursday, October 30th, 2008 AT 6:00 PM
Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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I just thought of something. The differential on your car is part of the transmission housing. Could the condition be caused if the spider gears came apart in the differential? I had a van do something similar. The only proble is you can remove the differential cover, but if that is the problem, the trans needs removed to take the parts out. There isn't enough room.

Let me know. Also, I submitted your problem with some of the best techs on this web page. Expect responses from others too.

Joe
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Thursday, October 30th, 2008 AT 6:14 PM
Tiny
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Ok so you said that if you step on brakes there is no brake lights and shifter will not move out of park check the brake switch it is the switch that is up near the top of the brake peddle that works the brake lights and also sends power to the shift lock check that switch and please let us know
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Thursday, October 30th, 2008 AT 7:48 PM
Tiny
MASTERTECHTIM
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Hi steve. Disconnect linkage at transmission(cable) the shift linkage on the transmission should definitely move, make swure e brake is on. If the trans linkage at transmission will not move with the shift cable disconnected then there is internal transmission damage. Double check linkage and get back to us
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Friday, October 31st, 2008 AT 10:22 AM

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