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Old 10-17-2012, 08:34 AM
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Crawl under the truck and see if there's a pebble or something wedged in between the shift lever (on the trans) and the trans case, or whether something else in that vicinity is jamming or binding things up.

If the lever at the trans looks OK, then check the linkage adjustment. With column shift, pull the lever towards you so you miss all the gates in the column. Then shift it to the center of the Neutral detent. You can feel the detents in the trans. The column (or floor) shifter has no detents at all, but it has gates (that, for example, block you from shifting N to R unless you pull the lever towards you [column shift] or push it over [floor shift]. So you want to get the lever into the center of the Neutral detent in the trans. Then see how it lines up with the N-R gate. Are you already past the N-R gate (halfway into Reverse) at the shifter itself? If so, then the linkage is misadjusted, and that's why it's hard to get into Park. As you start to shift out of Reverse (towards Park), the trans is already in Park (trans lever will not move any further) and therefore you have to deflect the cable / linkage in order to force the lever over into the Park gate.

Another way you could check it: Shift to Reverse (engine not running) and have someone crawl under the truck and watch the lever at the trans. Now, as you slowly move the shift lever into Park, have them see when the trans lever stops moving. If the trans lever stops moving way before you're in Park at the column, linkage is misadjusted.

To adjust the linkage, place the shifter in Park. Under the vehicle, unlock the clip that holds the shifter cable adjustment. This clip is near the end of the cable, on the piece that connects to the lever on the trans. Push the clip from behind to pop it out and unlock the cable adjustment. Then make sure the lever on the trans is in the Park position (furthest rearward detent), and re-engage the locking clip. Done!
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