1989 Ford Bronco will not release from park

Tiny
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  • 1989 FORD BRONCO
Transmission problem
1989 Ford Bronco V8 Four Wheel Drive Automatic 120+ miles

the vehicle would not start so I changed out the lock cylinder but then found out it did not fix the problem. I took apart the steering column down to where the lock cylinder meets with the starting lever because that is the part that was worn out. The problem is that when I put it all back together it will not shift into gear. It is stuck in park. Please help only vehicle my father has. Thank you.
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Monday, December 3rd, 2007 AT 11:23 PM

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Tiny
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It sounds like a broken linkage rod. I'm having the same problem right now. With the steering wheel off you can see the linkage rod push down when you turn the key. Its a rectangular shaped bar with gear teeth that interact with the lock cylinder just to the left of the pin that locks the steering wheel. These parts connect to a rod on the top side of the column that interacts with a switch farther down on the column that turn the car on and bumps the starter. There is another part of this mechanism inside the column that releases the car from park and allows you to shift gears, thats the part that is broken on my bronco, I'm trying to find the part today.
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Tuesday, December 18th, 2007 AT 2:09 PM

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