I have to keep my shift button depressed at all times or my car wont shift into park, how do I fix this?

45

Asked by Mar 29, 2011 at 04:53 PM about the 1989 Ford Thunderbird

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Just bought my 89 tbird, and the shift button has to be depressed or i cant get my car into park, Is this something easy to fix, a known fault? what is the easiest way to fix it? any advice?

5 Answers

you have to press the button to go to and out of park.nothing is wrong.

45

I guess I didnt explain my problem correctly... I have to rubberband the shift button to get it to go into or stay in gear. The button is near impossible to push in, and when the button is not rubberbanded, it wont go into park, or other gears. So again, at all times I have been having to keep it rubberbanded "in". If its not, It will shift, but not get into gear sometimes, I have to reshift. Park is impossible if I release the rubberbands. When I bought it, the original owner had it rubberbanded into place. I undid it, thinking because she was an 89 year old lady that she couldnt push the button easily. Well, when I drove off, it was hard to get it into gear, and absolutely could not get it into park. I had to have 2 people help me get it into park. Its only got 68850 miles on it, its in need of a tune up, Id like to get the gear shift issue resolved as well. So right now its working and driveable, but the button is rubberbanded into the "in" position. Would like to fix that, hope that makes more sense.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

I got 3 T-Bird super coupe,s,2-89,s 1-90.I would say that you need to change the shifter itself,what probly has happened is the preivous owner parked on a hill not setting the e-brake and forced it into gear breaking the clip on the shift knob.being if it is a SC or LX is the same shifter.

45

Ok, thanks . Ill check that, my shift knob actually pulled off completly last night, so im hoping that will work! Thanks for the advics, appreciate it. Ill let you know how it goes..

no problem.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Thunderbird

Looking for a Used Thunderbird in your area?

CarGurus has 1,081 nationwide Thunderbird listings starting at $6,499.

ZIP:

Search Ford Thunderbird Questions

Ford Thunderbird Experts

#1 Larry Sturgis
Larry Sturgis
Reputation 1,560
#2 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 1,490
#3 tennisshoes
tennisshoes
Reputation 1,220
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford Mustang
460 Great Deals out of 45,656 listings starting at $1,999
Used Chevrolet Corvette
119 Great Deals out of 20,552 listings starting at $3,000
Used Chevrolet Camaro
214 Great Deals out of 30,767 listings starting at $1,217
Used Ford F-150
2,181 Great Deals out of 206,248 listings starting at $1,499
Used Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
35 Great Deals out of 2,839 listings starting at $3,500
Used Pontiac Firebird
10 Great Deals out of 733 listings starting at $3,875
Used Lincoln Continental
4,473 listings starting at $40,000
Used Ford Taurus
233 Great Deals out of 20,420 listings starting at $2,258
Used Mercury Cougar
197 listings
Used BMW 3 Series
992 Great Deals out of 31,781 listings starting at $1,000
Used Jaguar XJ-Series
43 Great Deals out of 2,676 listings starting at $2,495

Used Cars For Sale

2005 Ford Thunderbird For Sale
76 listings starting at $10,882
2004 Ford Thunderbird For Sale
5 Great Deals out of 147 listings starting at $7,985
2003 Ford Thunderbird For Sale
5 Great Deals out of 163 listings starting at $8,995
2002 Ford Thunderbird For Sale
8 Great Deals out of 336 listings starting at $6,499

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.