Since I bought my '95 T Bird Lx 4.6 liter at 75k in '05 the shifter knob vacillates on the shank.
Then I noticed the range selection indicator stopped moving.
Then one day when a released the detent button the spring and various componets popped out (pah twaanggg!) on to the floor board.
Then, over a short period of time, it became more and more difficult to move the shifter out of park. I had to step on the brake, and apply pressure to the shifter repeatedly to eventually move the lever into "R", "N", "D" etc...
One fine day I super glued the little bright orange selection indicator. That worked about as well as a lead life ring. Lasted about two changes of the gear selection. "Oh well" I thought to myself. I never look at that anyway.
Pah twaangg! So I stuck the spring back in, and the plastic parts back in the hole, but it wouldn't stay so I left the spring out, and I can't tell any difference. Never popped out again. (sigh)
Unbolted the shifter unit from the floor to attempt a repair, and found the escapement mechanism where the safety cable attaches worn and/or bent. So I detached the cable, and reinstalled the shifter. Moves out of park fine now. Don't have to step on the brake. Don't even need the key anymore.
All the shifters I've seen in the junk yards are broke too, or long exposed to the elements.
Has anyone had any success with an aftermarket shifter that maintains the center console?
All suggestions and referrals will be appreciated.