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1995 Ford Taurus - Fighting shifter

I have problems shifting gears from park to reverse or drive. it does not want to shift. I have to fight with the shifter to get it to shift.

Can you have someone check if your brake lights are coming on (solid) when you have this problem? If they’re not, then come back and we’ll give you the answer.

Remove the shift cable from the shift lever on the transmission.

If the shifter is now easy to move, the problem could be with the transmission range sensor under the lever, or a problem within the transmission.

If the shifter is still difficult to move, then there’s a problem with the shifter itself, or the shift cable.