2010 F150 shifting out of park

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Asked by Jan 07, 2017 at 12:16 PM about the 2010 Ford F-150

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2010 F150 5.4L with a 6 speed
auto. I live in an area where it gets really
cold and washed my truck when it was
about 25 degrees out. About 2 days later
the teperture dropped to 15 below zero
and the next day to 34 below zero. When
that happened when I got in my truck and
tried to shift out of park but the shifter was
acting like my foot was not on the break
and wouldn't shift, so I would have to
pump the break a couple of times and turn
my wheels side to side and would
eventually shift into drive. It only does it
when first started, but if I shut it off and
start it back up it does it again. So could it
be a bad sensor or a frozen sensor?

2 Answers

23,860

If, once the shift lever is freed will it shift through all the gears? If after driving for a while, you park and turn off the car, placing it in park, if you try to start the car immediately, will it shift out of park? Or do you have to wait a while for it to get stuck? Minus 34 degrees is extremely cold. Could be affecting linkage or electrical components.

23,860

also, check your owners manual. There may be a shift interlock release button somewhere on the vehicle. If your shift handle is a stick type, it's usually under the cup holder, so you may have to remove the knob and top portion of the console to get to it. It's manually operated and simply moves a small tap which prevents the lever from moving, out of the way. There may be u- tube videos on releasing the interlock manually.

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