Transmission will not shift out of park

Tiny
ANGELACARR
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  • 1998 FORD EXPEDITION
  • 172,082 MILES
If I shut off motor and turned key one click put it in neutral then it would start and I could put it in reverse or drive. But not if I tried to start it then shift out of park. How do I fix it.
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Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 AT 3:17 PM

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Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Hi,

It sounds like the park interlock isn't working. This is going to sound odd, but are the brake lights working? The actuator is powered through the brake light switch. So, if there is no power to the switch, it won't release.

If the brake lights are working, we need to confirm if there is power to the actuator. If there is, then the actuator needs replaced.

Here are the directions. The attached pic correlates with the directions.

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1998 Ford Truck Expedition 4WD V8-5.4L SOHC VIN L
Procedures
Vehicle Powertrain Management Transmission Control Systems Actuators and Solenoids - Transmission and Drivetrain Actuators and Solenoids - A/T Shift Interlock Solenoid Service and Repair Procedures
PROCEDURES
REMOVAL
1. Remove the steering column.

Pic 1

2. Remove the insert plate and shift lock actuator.
1 Remove the bolts.
2 Remove the insert plate and shift lock actuator.

Pic 2

3. NOTE: The shift lock actuator clip is an assembly aid for the assembly plant and does not need to be replaced in the field.

Remove the insert plate from the shift lock actuator.
- Remove and discard the shift lock actuator clip.

INSTALLATION

pic 3

1. Follow the removal procedure in reverse order.

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Let me know what you find or if you have other questions.

Take care and God Bless,

Joe
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