Stuck in park

  • 3.8L
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • 287,000 MILES
Recently every time I put the car in park it does not stay it goes to reverse so I have to always put my emergency brake on so it will not roll when I park it. Could you please tell me why this is happening and what is it that I need to do? The car does shift okay only in overdrive though when I am going more than 30 miles per hour is when it starts acting up like it does not want to shift. But I will worry about that later when it is too late I guess, LOL. But my main concern is why is not it going all the way up to park. Before it started acting like this I would have to push it up to park hard and it would stay well eventually it stops and now it is only going to reverse. Please will somebody help me?
Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 AT 10:14 AM

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This happens when the shift cable wears out and needs to be replaced. Here are diagrams to help you replace the cable:


CAUTION: This vehicle is equipped-with Supplemental Inflatable Restraint (SIR). Refer to CAUTIONS under "ON-VEHICLE SERVICE" and the SIR Component and Wiring Location View before performing service on or around SIR components or wiring. Failure to follow CAUTIONS could result in possible air bag deployment, personal injury, or otherwise unneeded SIR system repairs.

CAUTION: Before removing or Installing any electrical unit, or when a tool or equivalent could easily come in contact with "live" exposed electrical terminals, disconnect the battery negative cable to help prevent personal injury and/or damage to the vehicle or components. Unless instructed otherwise, the ignition switch must be in the "OFF" or "LOCK" position.

1. Negative battery cable.
2. Raise and suitably support vehicle.
3. Range selector lever cable (806) from range selector lever cable bracket (800).
4. Range selector lever cable (806) from range selector lever (809).
5. Lower vehicle.
6. Front floor console trim plate.
7. Range selector lever cable (806) from automatic transmission control (805).
8. Grommet on cable (806) from base of automatic transmission control (805), pulling cable (806) through hole in front compartment floor pan.


NOTICE: Always use the correct fastener in the correct location. When you replace a fastener, use ONLY the exact part number for that application. The Manufacturer will call out those fasteners that require a replacement after removal. The Manufacturer will also call out the fasteners that require thread lockers or thread sealant. UNLESS OTHER WISE SPECIFIED, do not use supplemental coatings (paints, greases, or other corrosion inhibitors) on the threaded fasteners or fastener joint interfaces. Generally, such coatings adversely affect the fastener torque and the joint clamping force, and may damage the fastener. When you install fasteners, use the correct tightening sequence and specifications. Following these instructions can help you avoid damage to parts and systems.

1. Grommet on cable (806) to base of automatic transmission control (805) by feeding cable (806) through hole in front compartment floor pan.
2. Range selector lever cable (806) to automatic transmission control (805).
3. Front floor console trim plate.
4. Place automatic transmission control (805) in "NEUTRAL" position.

Check out the diagrams (Below). Please let us know if you need anything else to get the problem fixed.

Cheers, Ken
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Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 AT 3:30 PM

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