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Dodge Ram Shifter Moves But Stuck In Park

Dodge Stuck In Park Mode


Actual Issue:


98 dodge ram, backed out, then put in drive only its like the gears aren't engaged. The truck starts and turns off  but seems to be stuck in park. Also cant push it out of the street because even though the shifter moves, it doesn't engage.


Vehicle Details:
Make (manufacturer): dodge
Model: ram truck 4x4
Year: 1998

Expert's Advise on this Issue:


As per the problem describes,it seems the problem is with shift linkage.
It sounds as if the shift linkage has popped apart if the shifter is moving freely without doing anything and you are unable to push the truck.


Ok,From Where To Start inspecting?

There are quite a few places this can happen. I would recommend starting under the truck.


Ok,But Where Is Shift Linkage Exactly Located On Dodge Ram 4X4?

On the left side of the trans you'll find the linkage, a rod that's attached to a metal arm on the trans just forward of the 8 way electrical connector. The arm has a 7/16" pinch bolt that clamps it to a large diameter rod coming out of the trans. Sometimes this arm can come off. See if that's the case, and if so you'll just need to loosen the pinch bolt, slide the arm back on and tighten it down.


Ok,but What If The Linkage Arm Looks Fine?

If that looks ok then work your way up. Where the linkage connects to that arm there is a plastic bushing. These bushings can wear out and allow the linkage to pop apart.

From there you will find the linkage goes to a pivot that goes between the frame and a bracket bolted to the trans. There is a large bushing at this bracket but if it were worn or missing it should just make the shifter sloppy.

Attached to this pivot is another rod that goes from there to the end of the steering column at the firewall. Check the rod to make sure it's connected underneath.


Ok,Will Check,but What If That also Looks Fine?
Is There Any Other Possibility To Check?

If it's ok there then go under the hood and find the rod there where it should connect to the linkage at the end of the steering column and make sure it's attached there.

You should find the linkage has popped apart in one of these locations, most often it will be right at the transmission.

This Details will help.
Thanks.


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