I have a 96 Ford Taurus and the shifter is giving me issues. For some reason it won't move out of park and I do not want to try to force it to shift and cause further damage. I'm aware that I need to press the brake pedal in order to shift into gear but I always do and the problem still occurs. What is the problem? What is the range for repair costs? Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
First have someone check to see if your brake lights work.
If they don't check fuse 28 in the underdash fuse panel.
If fuse 28 is OK locate the stoplight switch on the brake pedal. Key on engine off, use a paper clip and jump the 2 terminals.
If you can shift out of park and the brake lights come on replace the stoplight switch.
If the brake lights come on and it still won't come out of park.Check fuse 5 in the underdash fuse panel.
If fuse 5 is OK, locate the shiftlock actuator on the bottom on the steering column. Check for power on the grey/yellow and red/light green wires, check for ground on the black wire.
If power and ground are OK, replace the shiftlock actuator.