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2002 Durango only shifts down but wont shift back up

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I have a 2002 Durango with a 4.7L engine in it. I was at the store, parked, put the truck in reverse to straighten up in my spot and it suddenly wouldn't shift back into park, the shifter is now free flowing. The tow truck came, the gentleman got under my truck and manually shifted my transmission back into park, where I could put it in reverse then drive. He followed me home and it wouldn't go into park again. He said my shifter cable needs adjusted because it has too much slack on it. (probably from previous owners slamming the column shifter into gears) Is this something I can quickly do myself or is this a shop required job. Im in my final leg of highschool and supposed to start a full time job soon after. Please help. 馃檶
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I have a 2002 Durango with a 4.7L engine in it. I was at the store, parked, put the truck in reverse to straighten up in my spot and it suddenly wouldn't shift back into park, the shifter is now free flowing. The tow truck came, the gentleman got under my truck and manually shifted my transmission back into park, where I could put it in reverse then drive. He followed me home and it wouldn't go into park again. He said my shifter cable needs adjusted because it has too much slack on it. (probably from previous owners slamming the column shifter into gears) Is this something I can quickly do myself or is this a shop required job. Im in my final leg of highschool and supposed to start a full time job soon after. Please help. 馃檶
Worst case scenario you need a new shift cable. Doing the whole cable you'll have to partially disassemble the steering column to replace it, but if all it needs is adjusted the adjustment clip is right by where the cable connects on the side of the transmission. It should just be vehicle in park, loosen the keeper, pull cable housing snug (not too tight) tighten keeper. The "keeper" is most likely just a locking clip. Its been a while since I've pulled a 545RFE so I can't remember for certain.
Worst case scenario you need a new shift cable. Doing the whole cable you'll have to partially disassemble the steering column to replace it, but if all it needs is adjusted the adjustment clip is right by where the cable connects on the side of the transmission. It should just be vehicle in park, loosen the keeper, pull cable housing snug (not too tight) tighten keeper. The "keeper" is most likely just a locking clip. Its been a while since I've pulled a 545RFE so I can't remember for certain.
Thank you, I'll have to crawl under again when I get the chance and try to locate that to see if it'll work
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Take the rubber boot off on the column by the shifter. The mechanism should slide back and forth in there and can sometimes bind. Lubricate in there. Known problem with the linkage there. Happened to me.
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