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Engine and transmission sat for 11 years. I rebuilt the shift column and put in new detent plate and adjusted the shift linkage. It starts - so the neutral safety switch appears good but the wheels are turning in reverse. Trouble shooting in the manual is vague so I'm asking for experience to aim me in the right direction.

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Old 11-30-2017, 02:24 PM
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If the car goes into reverse when the shift lever shows Park then you need to adjust the manual linkage. It's page 4-20 in the shop manual.

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Old 11-30-2017, 02:30 PM
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Thanks - I'll recheck that. I did it when I installed the rebuilt column but it bears a recheck o0bviously...
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Most likely you'll have to turn the adjuster clockwise to pull the trans linkage up to the Park position.

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I adjusted the linkage per the Ford Of Canada service bulleting which alters step 4 of the manual procedure. There was no change. Does the fact that the wheels are off the ground have any effect? Initially I had noticed slight movement on the ground so jacked it up to prevent a big whoops...
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It doesn't matter if the wheels are on or off the ground. You should get no movement with the selector in Park. Disconnect the linkage from the steering arm. Pull the trans linkage all the way up. There should be no movement of the rear wheels. If that's the case keep turning the adjuster clockwise until the hole lines up with the steering arm.

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John, I appreciate your helping me.

I did as you suggested but the wheels still turn. In fact the right rear is turning at considerable speed. I counted clicks on the trans and there are five. I also checked trans fluid and its on the mark. The previous owner bought it and never did anything to it including running it. So I have no history to fall back on.

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Five clicks is correct; R-N-D2-D1-L. Can you put it in Neutral without the wheels turning.

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No - starting to think internals in the tranny are at fault?
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That is strange. Do you have the kickdown connected. If so try and disconnect it and see if it makes any difference. You are probably right about it being an internal problem.

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